Puppy Smuggling

Part of Youth Inmates: Solitary Confinement – in Westminster Hall at 4:40 pm on 2nd April 2019.

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Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Conservative, Mid Worcestershire 4:40 pm, 2nd April 2019

I thank my hon. Friend for making that point; indeed, I am just about to come on to it. I think we are suffering from the unintended consequences of some changes in schemes and programmes.

Of course, puppy smuggling at heart is an industry perpetrated by people who are motivated purely by money. They can make up to an incredible £35,000 per week by illegally transporting puppies through our borders, to be sold to unsuspecting dog lovers in the UK. The root cause of puppy smuggling seems, indeed, to be the ease with which gangs can abuse the pet travel scheme that operates across Europe, which is otherwise known as PETS.