Sunday 25th August, ‘Terrier Day’ at the Scottish Kennel Club Championship Dog Show, Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, saw representatives of Scotland’s five iconic terrier breeds (left to right) – Dandie Dinmont, Scottie, Cairn, Westie, and Skye – all briefly stop competing with one another, and instead join forces to support their nation’s popular Lucy’s Law campaign.
After confirmation by Westminster and Welsh governments that Lucy’s Law – the high-profile campaign to ban selling of puppies by pet shops and other commercial third party dealers will soon come into effect in England and Wales – all eyes are now on Scotland to follow suit.
Sporting official pink Lucy’s Law rosettes in front of the Scottish flag, these beautiful dogs have a clear message for the Scottish Government – to finally help end the misery caused by the Scottish licensed third party puppy trade; those legal dealers or ‘middlemen’ that not only enable and encourage legitimised puppy farm cruelty to happen behind closed doors, but also facilitate illegal activity too, especially regarding puppies originating from Irish puppy farms.
Their call is particularly timely as Lucy’s Law has already been passed in England in June and confirmed in Wales in July, handing Scotland the golden opportunity to finally rid the UK mainland of cruel third party puppy dealers, or else risk becoming the new puppy farming and dealing capital of the UK mainland – an unenviable reputation for any country.
Marc Abraham, TV vet and founder of PupAid’s campaign to ban third party commercial puppy dealers said “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 ‘motherless’ selling away from their mums too, including smuggling.
“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.
“If Scotland brings in Lucy’s Law under its devolved powers, prospective dog owners would either have to go directly to the breeder’s establishment and be able to see the biological mother interacting with her litter of puppies or adopt from a reputable rescue shelter instead”.
Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club commented “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 Lucy’s Law. Lucy’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.”
Dog-lovers nationwide can show their support for the Lucy’s Law campaign in Scotland by uploading pictures of their pooch to social media and using hashtag #LucysLaw4Scotland.
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