Dogs Trust’s latest campaign to abolish puppy smuggling has received backing from Andrew Gwynne MP for Denton and Reddish, who has now urged his constituents to “do more research” before buying a puppy online.
For over six years that charity has said it has called on the government to ban illegal importation of puppies into the UK after exposing this “abhorrent trade through four undercover investigations”.
Dogs Trust stated that the current legislation is not fit for purpose and every day of government delay is “causing more preventable suffering for innocent puppies”.
Dogs Trust’s Veterinary director Paula Boyden said that the government “must take immediate action” as too many puppies are suffering at the hands of cruel traders.
It comes as the Brexit transition period is set to close, ending the current pet travel legislation which is currently governed by EU legislation.
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, said:”I am delighted to join the ‘Puppy Smuggling Taskforce’ and support Dogs Trust in their efforts to raise awareness of and tackle the abhorrent puppy smuggling trade.
At a time when demand for dogs in the UK has never been higher, I want to urge my constituents to really do their research before buying a puppy advertised for sale online, as it’s all too easy to be duped into buying a dog that’s been illegally smuggled into the country.”