Wednesday 03 February 2021
Rachel Woods MLA has welcomed a commitment from Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots that his officials will prepare options for the prohibition of the sale of puppies and kittens by third parties, "Lucy's Law".
Rachel Woods MLA submitted a public petition to the Assembly in December 2020 calling for the creation and implementation of Lucy's Law. The petition attracted 2,971 signatures.
The North Down MLA said:
"This is a welcome move from Minister Poots and one which brings about the start of the end for puppy farming in Northern Ireland.
“Puppy farms are a crucible of cruelty and suffering for all animals that pass through or reside there. Indeed, Lucy's Law was named after Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was rescued from a puppy farm where she was subjected to terrible conditions.
"I hope that this is the beginning of the end for the cruelty visited on animals here in Northern Ireland through the shameless practice of puppy farming."
Green Party Cllr Anthony Flynn, who organised the public petition, added:
"I'd like to thank each and every one of the 2,971 people who took the time to sign the petition. Your participation pushed the Minister towards this decision. I look forward to Lucy's Law becoming law in due course. I'd like to see the legislative process begin as soon as possible.
"In the meantime, I'd urge people to be aware about where and who they are buying puppies or kittens from. Anyone buying a new puppy or kitten should ask to see the mother with her young in the place of birth. It's also a really good idea to adopt a rescue dog at this time, supporting local rescue centres and charities."
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