|Terriers campaign for Lucyâ€™s Law
Terrier Day at the Scottish Kennel Club saw five iconic Scots breeds join forces to campaign for Lucyâ€™s Law.
At the show five terrier breeds, Dandie Dinmont, Scottish, Cairn, West Highland White and Skye, briefly stopped competing with each other to support the multi-award winning Lucyâ€™s Law campaign.
Lucyâ€™s Law, the ban on the third party sales of puppies, has already become law in England and it has been confirmed by Wales. Eyes are now on the Scotland to see if it will follow suit.
The Scottish government is called on by campaigners to end the misery caused by the third party puppy trade where dealers encourage legitimised puppy farm cruelty to happen behind closed doors, but also facilitate illegal activity too, especially regarding puppies originating from Irish puppy farms.
If it does not bring in this law campaigners argue that the country risks becoming the new puppy farming and dealing capital of the UK mainland.
Marc Abraham, TV vet and founder of PupAidâ€™s campaign to ban third party commercial puppy dealers said, â€˜Scotland has a long and proud history of being a frontrunner in UK animal welfare. However, puppy dealing and especially smuggling from Ireland is a huge problem in Scotland that must be tackled by banning third party dealers, which not only enable cruelly-treated breeding dogs to be kept hidden away from the public, but also provide the necessary framework for illegal â€˜motherlessâ€™ selling away from their mums too, including smuggling.
â€˜This clear lack of transparency and accountability results in continued neglect and exploitation of breeding dogs, often confined in pens in the dark on sawdust or straw, while their sick and damaged pups change hands several times between legal (licensed) third party dealers, often enduring hundreds of miles of transportation and stress, before ending up in family homes.
â€˜If Scotland brings in Lucyâ€™s Law under its devolved powers, prospective dog owners would either have to go directly to the breederâ€™s establishment and be able to see the biological mother interacting with her litter of puppies or adopt from a reputable rescue shelter insteadâ€™.
Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club said, â€˜The Kennel Club has long campaigned for the third party ban of sales of dogs and we welcome the opportunity to help raise awareness at the Scottish Kennel Club Championship Dog Show to help persuade the Scottish Government to adopt Lucyâ€™s Law. Lucyâ€™s Law will stop the suffering of many dogs, sending a very strong message to puppy buyers that it is vital to only buy a puppy in the environment it was born and raised in, and seen interacting with its mum.â€™
Dog-lovers nationwide can show their support for the Lucyâ€™s Law campaign in Scotland by uploading pictures of their dog to social media and using the hashtag #LucysLaw4Scotland.