Vets welcome parliamentary inquiry into puppy smuggling

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the launch of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee inquiry into puppy smuggling today, which will consult on tougher controls on pet imports, the impact of Lucy’s Law, and whether the UK’s demand for puppies can be met through domestic breeding.

The inquiry follows EFRA Committee’s 2017 report on Animal Welfare in England: domestic pets, which examined the illegal import of puppies and concluded that “the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) is providing a vehicle for the illegal importation of puppies”.

In BVA’s Spring 2018 Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey, three in ten (29%) companion animal vets reported seeing puppies in the previous year that they were concerned had been brought into the country illegally. By far the most commonly mentioned breed was the French Bulldog, followed by Pugs and Cockapoos.

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