Urgent action needed on puppy smuggling, says Dogs Trust
For more than six years, Dogs Trust has worked to expose the cruel puppy smuggling trade and has written an open letter to the government calling for urgent action to end the illegal importation of dogs into the UK.
Rules to tackle puppy smuggling, make it illegal to keep primates as pets and ban the import of hunting trophies are part of a new initiative to protect animals, ministers said.
The government will also recognize animals as sentient beings – who have feelings such as pleasure, pain and fear – as it sets out a plan of action to help domestic and wild creatures in the UK and abroad .
Through four infiltration investigations and the establishment of the Puppy Pilot program, Dogs Trust has found evidence of:
- Puppies raised in horrible conditions
- Heavily pregnant females are smuggled into UK to allow dealers to trick buyers into buying ‘UK raised’ puppies
- Long journeys from Central and Eastern Europe
- No food, not enough water, no exercise and no toilet breaks
- Ineffective border controls and application of the pet travel program in UK ports
- Lack of sufficient sanctions to deter illegal trade
The findings of their fifth report, “ Puppy Smuggling: Puppies Keep Paying Due to Government Delays, ” launched in December 2020, is a blatant reminder that action is needed not only to end the suffering of children. puppies, but also to protect unsuspecting buyers who are fueling the trade.
Since the launch of the Puppy Pilot program in December 2015, over 1,500 illegally imported puppies have been rescued and rehabilitated by Dogs Trust, with a market value of over £ 3million (if sold at today’s inflated prices. ‘hui by their dealers).
The government’s animal welfare action plan includes stopping advertisements in the UK for things like elephant rides abroad and exploring a ban on foie gras .
Announcing the plan during a trip to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London, Environment Secretary George Eustice said the UK was a nation of animal lovers and the new measures would build on the existing high standards.
He said: “We are a nation of animal lovers and were the first country in the world to pass animal welfare laws.
“Our animal welfare action plan will meet our clear commitment to ban the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening, to ban the breeding of primates as pets and introduce new laws to combat puppy smuggling. ”
And there are measures to improve the welfare of farm animals, including ending the export of live animals for fattening and slaughter and introducing new measures to improve the welfare. -be during transport.
There are also plans to give the police more powers to protect farm animals from dangerous or uncontrollable dogs, by examining the use of cages for poultry and farrowing crates for pigs and improving the welfare. -be animals at slaughter.
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