The United Kingdom is going to ban animal stores from sale of puppies and cats less than six months, to stop the exploitation and mistreatment inflicted on pets, announced the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
"Those who want to buy or adopt a puppy or a cat less than six months should go directly to a breeder or a shelter"announced the Defra.
Several public polls conducted previously show that 95% of the population is favorable to this law, which will be implemented in 2019, according to the government.
It will be called Lucy's law, the law of Lucy, in tribute to a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, rescued from a "puppy farm" in Wales in 2013.
The bitch had spent most of her life in a cage, and her hips had merged due to lack of exercise.
A woman, Lisa Garner, took her to her home, and had sensitized her fellow citizens, via social networks, about animal abuse.
One of the objectives of this new law is "put an end to terrible conditions in puppy farms", which flood the market, especially the very large ones, some of them without a license.
In addition, animal stores will only be authorized to deal with shelters that respect animal welfare, or directly with hatcheries.
The charity Britain's People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) estimates that 49% of the population of the United Kingdom has at least one animal, with 11.1 million cats, 8.9 million dogs, and a million rabbits.