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UK GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES NEW ANIMAL WELFARE LEGISLATION

As part of the government’s animal welfare reforms, they have introduced tougher laws on those who abuse animals, raising the maximum prison sentence from six months to five years. Laws regarding puppy farming have also been in the news for many years, with the campaign known as Lucy’s Law, named after a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was victim to the cruel practice of puppy farming.

Lucy suffered horrific health problems as a result of being used for breeding, with fused hips, a curved spine, bald patches and epilepsy. She was five years old when the breeder decided she was no longer useful, but found love with Lisa Garner, who rehomed her and started the campaign to change the law surrounding breeders. Puppy farming, backstreet breeding and the selling of puppies and kittens in pet shops will no longer be tolerated under the new laws, and breeders must be registered.

Whilst adopting animals is always the more ethical choice, anyone who wishes to purchase a puppy or kitten will not be contributing to a practice that sees animals left to die in squalid conditions. Those wishing to look after a companion animal will have to deal directly with the breeder, or turn to one of the country’s many animal charities.

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