The number of illegally-imported puppies stopped and confiscated by UK Border Force has more than trebled in three years, according to new figures released by the RSPCA and the Animal and Plant Health Agency.
The illegal trade in purebred puppies is booming with instances of the animals being sold at a cheap rate on the internet, in pet shops and in public spaces. Produced in so-called puppy mills in poor conditions the puppies are separated from their mothers before they have developed and are ready to travel, to be transported for sale across Europe, often carrying a form of sickness due to a lack of vaccinations which are mandatory. In many cases the new owners are faced with high veterinary costs and despite intensive care, many animals die or have to be put down.
Official figures released by the Government-run Animal & Plant Health Agency found 208 “illegally landed” dogs in 2014, rising to 688 in 2016, a trebling within three years. (1)
Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, supports the RSPCA’s Scrap the Puppy Trade Campaign which calls for the introduction stricter licensing conditions for all puppy breeders and sellers to ensure the very best welfare conditions.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Irresponsible business practices in the breeding and trading of puppies cause massive animal suffering across Europe and here at home.
“I’ve worked closely with the RSPCA throughout this parliament to help improve standards of animal welfare in Tameside and Stockport and across the UK, and will continue to do so in 2017.”
“I’ll be working with local councillors and the RSPCA to ensure that we keep this illegal trade off our streets.”
For more information please visit: https://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/dogownership/scrappuppytrade
1 Animal and Plant Health Agency (official figures)