|Lucy’s Law gets official listing
Lucy’s Law was laid before Parliament on Wednesday before it becomes enforceable in April 2020.
It was officially listed in the parliamentary calendar as, ‘Statutory Instrument relating to the Draft Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Michael Gove.’
It was brought before parliament after Our Dogs went to press so we will have a more detailed report of what was said in parliament in next week’s issue.
Under a statutory instrument the minister is able to make law on matters in the Act, using parliamentary procedure set out in the Act.
The law, which will ban the third party sales of puppies, was introduced after Theresa May’s final Prime Minister’s question time.
Marc Abraham, creator of Lucy’s Law, told OUR DOGS, ‘It will be fascinating to watch it.
I know that Michael Gove is really proud of it. If it wasn’t for him we would still be campaigning. He was the first minister to listen to what we had to say.
‘It is exciting. This is the nitty gritty for us. It is too exciting for words.
‘Everyone involved should be incredibly proud to be a part of this campaign. It is a great advert for grassroots campaigning.
‘All those tweets, petitions, facebook posts, emails were worthwhile.
‘Given everything that is going on that moment with Brexit, the Tory leadership campaign and the visit of Donald Trump in the main chamber Lucy’s Law will be laid before parliament.
‘It says a lot about this country. We are a nation of animal lovers. It sets a precedent for other countries to follow suit.’
The campaign for Lucy’s Law has already won numerous awards but this week it won the Animal Care award at the Sabre Awards. They beat entrants from Europe, the Middle East and Africa to win this international award.
They have also been nominated for two awards in the Campaigns for Good Awards 2019. It has been shortlisted for the Charity or NGO: Best Advocacy Campaign and, along with Pup Aid, it is up for the Charity or NGO: Best Public Awareness campaign.
A consultation on introducing Lucy’s Law in Wales has closed and the Welsh Government are considering its findings. Pressure is being applied to the Scottish Government to introduce a similar measure north of the border.
To watch the statement go to - https://bit.ly/2Id4gZ6.