In lighter non-coronavirus news, I'm pleased to say that Lucy's Law has now been passed.
The landmark legislation means that anyone wanting to get a new puppy or kitten in England must now buy direct from a breeder, or consider adopting from a rescue centre instead. Licensed dog breeds are required to show puppies interacting with their mothers in their place of birth. If a business sells puppies or kittens without a license, they could receive an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months.
This Government is consistently showing that it is committed to strengthening animal welfare laws and I am delighted that we have passed Lucy's Law.
It's welcome that the Government is cracking down on cruel puppy farming. I know that residents across Mansfield and Warsop have had their concerns about the third-party trade of dogs and cats, and I also heard first-hand accounts of the cruel conditions animals can be subject to when I visited Battersea Dogs Home.
If you're thinking of buying a puppy or a kitten, always remember to ask to see the mother in their place of birth, but look out for warning signs and report any suspicious activity.