‘Horrifying’ extent of pet smuggling uncovered

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The UK’s largest canine welfare charity is looking on the Authorities to take pressing motion to cease the unlawful importation of puppies into the UK as Brexit approaches, following an undercover investigation uncovered the magnitude and ease of commerce routes into the UK for European smugglers.

Canine Belief’s fourth report into this unlawful commerce has been launched with lower than six months till the UK’s exit from the EU to focus on the numerous alternative the Authorities has to redraw the UK’s pet journey guidelines and finish this commerce.

‘Gaping loopholes’

The findings proceed to show gaping loopholes within the current Pet Journey Scheme (PETS) – the principles of which modified in 2012 to permit puppies to enter the UK at a youthful age.

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Unscrupulous sellers have exploited this chance, and the demand for widespread breeds equivalent to French bulldogs, pugs, dachshunds and English bulldogs has led to an inflow of puppies smuggled into the UK, typically in appalling circumstances, from central and Jap Europe.


Paula Boyden, veterinary director of Canine Belief, stated: “Our investigations have revealed stunning welfare circumstances. There isn’t any regard for the lives of those weak puppies, who’re subjected to gruelling journeys of greater than 30 hours in scorching, cramped and filthy circumstances with no rest room breaks and little or no water.

“Some don’t survive the journey, and people who do could have bodily well being and behavioural points as a consequence of their poor begin in life.”

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To view undercover footage obtained in Hungary and Serbia demonstrating the dimensions of the pet smuggling downside, go to YouTube.

  • Learn the total story within the 29 October problem of Veterinary Instances.

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