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Celebrities back Preston woman’s petition to ban imports of young puppies

Written by on June 30, 2020

Celebrities including Ricky Gervais and Dragons Den star Deborah Meaden are backing a Lancashire woman’s petition to ban the importation of young puppies for sale in the UK.

Lucy Parkinson, from Preston, started the Government e-petition which already has around 19,000 signatures in just over 48 hours.

It follows the recent death of Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury’s Pomeranian pooch Mr Chai who died just 6 days after being delivered from Russia.

Lucy, 27, had previously spearheaded a change.org petition on the same subject, which got 60,000 signatures.

But she now wanted to target the lawmakers directly.

She said: “It would be brilliant to make a change and hopefully the Government will listen.

“I’ve got a nine-month-old puppy myself so when it came into the news, I couldn’t imagine what it would have been like putting my puppy through that journey.”

Molly Mae Hague and Tommy Fury with late dog Mr Chai

If the petition gets 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Other figures from showbiz and politics have also signed the petition including Katie Price, Downton Abbey star Peter Egan, former Coronation Street actress Shoba Gulati and Green MP Caroline Lucas.

The petition will be considered for a debate in Parliament if it gets to 100,000 signatures.

Great British Bake-off winner Candice Brown, who is backing the petition, said: “Having lost a dog at a young age who had clearly been over bred I understand and know the heartbreak and importance surrounding this issue.”

Caroline Lucas said: ”Plenty of dogs from UK breeders & rescues need homes.

“Transporting young pups long distances is often stressful, before being sold for ridiculous prices to unsuspecting dog-lovers. Government should ban this activity.”

Lucy is being supported in her campaign by Marc Abraham, who was behind Lucy’s Law.

He said: “It’s a brilliant grass roots campaign. Lucy cared enough to try and make a difference and it’s really taking off.”

The petition states: “Plenty of dogs from UK breeders & rescues need homes.

Transporting young pups long distances is often stressful, before being sold for ridiculous prices to unsuspecting dog-lovers.

Government must adjust current laws, ban this unethical activity on welfare grounds & protect these poor animals ASAP.”

Hague and Fury ‘s pomeranian Mr Chai died just days after he was imported by a Russian breeder.

To view the petition click here.