MPs join our bid to stop the cruel puppy smuggling trade

Over 60 MPs have joined our fight against the cruel puppy smuggling trade during a special event at the House of Commons.

In what has turned out to be a very busy week at Westminster, we were delighted to welcome over 60 MPs to our annual reception, where we asked for their renewed support to put an end to the cruel Puppy Smuggling trade which sees thousands of puppies transported across Central and Eastern Europe, in horrendous conditions, to be sold to unsuspecting buyers here in the UK.

We have been investigating the cruel puppy smuggling trade since 2014, with our undercover investigative reports revealing shocking evidence of the Pet Travel Scheme being exploited by illegal puppy importers. Our latest report was  released in November, and supplies further evidence of corrupt vets in Central and Eastern Europe falsifying documents for underage puppies to be brought into Great Britain; pregnant dogs being smuggled in so their puppies can be born in the UK and lax border controls.

We have long been calling for changes to be made to put a stop to the continued and growing abuse of the Pet Travel Scheme.

Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden says:

"The findings of our fourth report into the puppy smuggling trade have revealed undeniable evidence that illegal importers remain undeterred. We believe this has only scratched the surface of the full extent of the problem. The lack of visual checks at ports and paltry penalties for those caught smuggling puppies are simply no deterrent and highlight an urgent need for our pet travel legislation to be redrawn."

Andrea Jenkyns MP hosted the event, and added:

"Dogs Trust has unveiled a horrendous trade that has been growing over the past few years and we now have the opportunity to make a positive change to stop this practice. I've been shocked by the findings of all four of the reports and am proud to support the case to bring an end to puppy smuggling with the introduction of tighter controls and the need for much stronger penalties to deter this horrific crime."

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