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Minister says Lucy’s Law will come to Wales

Issue: 07/02/2020

A Welsh minister has promised that Lucy’s Law will be coming to the Principality but the timetable has yet to be confirmed.
At questions for the to the Environment, Energy & Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths, Assembly Members Vikki Howells and Alun Davies both asked for updates on proposals to introduce Lucy’s Law in Wales.
Lucy’s Law, a ban on the third party sales of puppies, will be introduced in England in April.
The minister said that a statement on animal health was due in February. 
Mr Davies did not think reading a report will fill Assembly Members with confidence that the introduction of Lucy’s Law was progressing at the necessary speed.
Ms Griffiths said the legislation can’t be rushed and there have been, and will be, several meetings to consider how to properly enforce such a law.
She said, ‘This is a major piece of work, and I know how many campaigners are certainly very concerned about that because my inbox shows me that – both as an AM and as the Minister….What I want to make sure is, I’ve said we will bring in a Lucy’s Law – I’m not in a position at the moment to give you the timetable, but I certainly hope to do so within the next couple of months.’
Care and Respect Includes All Dogs (CARIAD) who have been campaigning for this legislation for many years tweeted, ‘Minister confirms #LucysLaw4Wales WILL happen. Anticipating confirmation of timings from Welsh Government in a few weeks. #progress.’
Fellow campaigner Eileen Jones, whose rescue Friends of Animals Wales provided the Prime Minister with his dog Dilyn, tweeted, ‘I’m so please to hear that we can expect news on #lucyslaw4wales and further legislation next month. Vast numbers of farmers selling to third party dealers. Five cavaliers had their freedom this week but sadly we were too late for two puppies shot because they had overshot jaws.’

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