On Aug. 22, British newspaper The Daily Mirror headlined: “Puppy and kitten farming to be BANNED in victory for Lucy’s Law.”
Anyone buying or adopting a pet less than 6 months old will have to deal directly with a licensed breeder or rescue center under the proposed ban. Environment secretary Michael Gove announced the new regulation. Breeders will only be allowed to sell puppies they have personally bred, and any online sellers will be obligated to publish their license numbers, along with the pet’s country of origin and country of residence.
This new ban comes on the back of the Lucy’s Law campaign led by a coalition of animal rights charities. The campaign was started after a severely malnourished spaniel was rescued from a breeding site. Now it’s time for America to start to become great and get the same done. The puppy mill breeding industries flourish in the U.S., and thousands of animals suffer.
DEAR DR. FOX: I appreciate what you have been writing to discourage and condemn animal shelters that sterilize and abandon cats to fend for themselves. You may like this synopsis that I wrote for the TheNewsEnterprise.com in Elizabethtown, Kentucky:
Cats who are abandoned outdoors face daily battles against parasites, deadly contagious diseases, extreme temperatures, speeding cars, predators on two legs and four, and more -- battles they inevitably will lose. The average lifespan of an outdoor cat is just 2 to 5 years, compared to 12 to 15 years for a cat who lives indoors. These cats aren’t being “saved.” Their deaths are merely being moved from the comfort and peacefulness of an animal shelter to the misery and violence of the streets.
Moreover, trap-neuter-release doesn’t even work: It actually encourages more people to abandon their cats because they think the cats will be cared for, and the food set out for “managed” colonies attracts more cats -- as well as rats, and rabies vectors such as foxes and raccoons. The truly humane and effective way to address the homeless cat crisis is by requiring that all cats be spayed /neutered, licensed, microchipped and kept indoors, not by turfing cats out to die slowly on the streets. -- Teresa Chagrin, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Norfolk, Virginia
DEAR T.S.: Thanks for your concise synopsis of this cruel activity perpetrated by many animal shelters and endorsed by some humane organizations. The more voices against this practice, the better. Most essential is for people with cats to have them neutered and let them enjoy life as totally indoor companion animals.
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