Submitted by Steve on 12:26, 3rd Mar, 2020 | 0

Ahead of #WorldBookDay on Thursday 5th March 2020 here is a message from a friend of the GSPCA Marc Abraham BVM&S MRCVS ”I'm the vet and animal welfare campaigner that led the Lucy's Law campaign to help end irresponsible dog and cat breeding practices, like puppy farming, to victory in Westminster.”

“Lucy's Law means that from April 6 2020 in England, 3rd party kitten and puppy dealers will be banned, meaning dogs and cats will only be able to be sourced direct from the breeder, or better still from a reputable rescue shelter like yourselves.”

“Both Wales and Scotland have confirmed they will also be bringing in Lucy's Law revealing their dates soon, with Northern Ireland already beginning talks as well. “

“We hope therefore, that within the next year or so, there will be no more 3rd party puppy or kitten dealers, such as pet shops, operating on the UK mainland, thus making all breeders accountable, encouraging more rescue pet adoption, as well as also starving/removing the market for irresponsibly-bred puppies supplied by puppy farms in Southern Ireland too.” 

I have spent the last few months writing a book about the Lucy's Law campaign called 'Lucy's Law: The story of a little dog who changed the world' which comes out on 5 March 2020, to perhaps inspire other grassroots campaigners with limited/no resources/budgets fighting for animal welfare and make a difference, as well as helping publicise the new law coming in.”

“If you think your supporters would find the story of the multi-award winning Lucy's Law campaign which took 10 years to get over the line, inspired by a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeding dog rescued from a puppy farm interesting, then please consider sharing the link below with all your supporters, including discount code 'LUCY', on your website, to your e-newsletter database, Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram page if you have them. I will be making donations from book sales to various organisations that rescue and rehabilitate ex-puppy farm dogs too.” 

Here is the link:

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “At the GSPCA we have seen first hand the problems with puppy farming and illegal transport issues from the 25 Slovakians puppies that we rescued in 2015.”

“Puppy farming and 3rd party sales of puppies and kittens is a horrendous practice in many ways as the main aim for many that are involved in pure profit and not the welfare of the puppies or kittens.”

“Marc Abraham does so much for animal welfare and we look forward to his new book coming out on #WorldBookDay which is on the 5th March and it is so kind that proceeds from the sale of the  'Lucy's Law: The story of a little dog who changed the world' will also be donated back to help animal welfare.”

To see the stories on the Slovakian Puppies please visit

Keep an eye online for the hashtag #LucysLaw, Or visit the Facebook page Marc the Vet for lots more details on this book and much more.


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