|Formal motion put down in support of Lucy’s Law
An Early Day Motion (EDM) has been put down in parliament in support of Lucy's Law.
Scottish Nationalist MP, Dr Lisa Cameron, has put down the EDM to bring an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third party commercial dealers.
The EDM has cross party support and is sponsored by the Green Party's Caroline Lucas, the Conservative Party's Zac Goldsmith, Plaid Cymru's Ben Lake, the SNP's Martyn Day and Labour's Jim Cunningham.
The EDM reads, 'That this House calls for the immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third party commercial dealers; recognises that implementing Lucy's Law will be a major step forward in putting an end to unnecessary animal cruelty and helping to eradicate forms of irresponsible dog breeding and selling, such as puppy farming, smuggling and trafficking; notes that irresponsible breeding practices, such as puppy farms, are enabled and even encouraged by the third-party trade in puppies that are sold away from their mothers and place of birth in locations such as pet shops; and acknowledges that Lucy's Law will help to protect breeding dogs and puppies by making all breeders accountable and transparent, ensuring consistency with the Government's advice that purchasers should see puppies interacting with their mother in the place that they were born.'
An Early Day Motion is a formal motion submitted for debate in the House of Commons. Very few are debated but EDMs do allow MPs to draw attention to the cause. Members of Parliament can show their support by signing the individual motion.
Campaigners for Lucy's Law would like people to write to their MP and urge them sign EDM 695.