Blair applauds DAERA Minister’s announcement to explore options for banning third-party sales of puppies and kittens

Alliance Animal Welfare spokesperson John Blair MLA welcomes DAERA Minister Muir’s commitment to exploring the available options for introducing Lucy’s Law in Northern Ireland.

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Mr Blair said: “It is appalling that Northern Ireland is still the only part of the United Kingdom that has not banned the third-party sale of puppies and kittens. This allows for mass-scale breeding of these animals, treating them as mere commodities.
“These breeding establishments subject animals to unimaginable levels of cruelty in deplorable conditions. Mothers are forced to breed repeatedly until they are eventually discarded, with the puppies and kittens being taken away from them and sold. Individuals, including families, then purchase these puppies and kittens under the false pretence that they have been well-bred and are in good health.
“It is time to finally put a stop to these unethical breeding enterprises which prioritise profit over the well-being of animals. In addition to addressing these issues at their source, it is vital that we educate the public on responsible dog ownership. Through doing so, we can empower individuals to make informed choices when bringing a new pet into their lives.
“It is reassuring that DAERA and the Minister are prioritising this serious issue. Alliance remains committed to not only bringing Northern Ireland in line with other jurisdictions but also leading the way by surpassing their animal welfare standards.”