A ban on the "farming" of puppies has taken a big, lolloping step forward today, as potentially tougher rules on the managing of young pups heads to Parliament for what is hopefully a brief spell of agreeing and aye-ing and a passing into law.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is pushing the changes, informally known as "Lucy's Law" after an unfortunate poorly treated pup that hit the headlines in 2016. The key rule change is to require breeders to keep young animals with their mothers until sale to owners, making it harder for pup-smugglers and pet shops to source grey imports and underground stocks of animals to house parentless and sell on alone.
This may increase the prices of valid, locally-bred animals, though, so you might want to stock up on puppies before April 2020, when the new rules are projected to come into place. [BBC]
Image credit: Unsplash