Protesters from Boycott Dogs4Us gathered outside the Salford branch of Dogs4Us on Agecroft Road this afternoon, calling for an end to puppy farming and supporting the huge campaign for Lucy's Law, which would ban the third party sale of puppies.
The Lucy's Law campaign by CARIAD, Lisa Garner and campaigning vet, Marc Abraham, founder of PupAid, has garnered well over 100,000 signatures on an online petition* and, as a result, is set to be debated in Parliament next month. The Government is also currently taking evidence until 2nd May for a review on the puppy sale ban proposal.
At today's demonstration, Luke Beevers, of Boycott Dogs4Us, explained the importance of backing Lucy's Law...
"It's a law to ban the third party sale of puppies, which means puppies sold in pet shops and other third party dealers such as garden centres and online" he said "People would then have to go direct to the breeder or rescue organisation, and if they go to the breeder they can see the conditions in which puppies are bred.
"People have no idea of what conditions puppies are bred in because all they see is the conditions in the store, so they don't know whether their mothers and fathers are languishing in these horrible puppy farms in places like Wales" he added "We've been campaigning for Lucy's Law for about six years now, along with our friends at PupAid and CARIAD, and we are getting closer to our goal. But we've got to carry on campaigning."
Today's demonstration was certainly popular, with passing cars beeping horns in support. Meanwhile, the actual Dogs4Us site is now half demolished as it has planning permission for a change of use to a builder's yard (see previous Salford Star article - click here). However, as Luke said, while it keeps trading, Boycott Dogs4Us will carry on campaigning...
To sign the online petition for Lucy's Law – click here
For more information also see www.boycottdogs4us.com