Earlier this year, TV vet Marc Abraham changed the UK puppy-farm law in the UK, an incredible and important achievement following seven long years of campaigning, but there are still ongoing problems with the puppy buying industry. Can you help change this?
Lucy’s Law was put in place in April 2020 to ban UK puppy-farms and the awful conditions in which the puppies, and parents lived. Most puppies would be sold for thousands online and via Instagram over the standard rate, and then get very sick and often die within weeks (of heart failure or diseases such as parvo-virus).
Unfortunately, there continues to be major problems with the puppy buying industry in the UK with a huge amount being imported abroad meaning their start in life is extremely traumatic. Puppies are not meant to be transported over until 15-weeks, yet they’re being sent over as young as five weeks old, often gravely sick, and being separated far too early from their mothers.
This week, a further e-petition has launched calling for the ban of exploitative imports of young puppies for sale in the UK. This comes after the recent high-profile case of Love Island stars Molly Mae Hague and Tommy Fury’s puppy ‘Mr Chai’ passed away after just six days of arriving in the UK.
Behind the petition is Marc Abraham, and a young lady named Lucy Parkinson from Preston, a dog lover who decided something needed to be done to stop this from happening again. A perfect example of grass-roots campaigning, Lucy’s passion for the cause is her drive and she is determined to see this through to the end, no matter what it takes.
Since its launch on Saturday (27 June), the petition now has over 17 thousand signatures and counting, receiving over 10 thousand in 24 hours, and meaning the government must respond.
With the online support of celebrities including Ricky Gervais and Katie Piper, and influencers with huge social media followings, including Olivia Attwood and Paige Turley, it’s hoped that the petition will reach the 100 thousand signatures required to be debated in parliament.