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 the hon. Lady for that intervention; indeed, I also pay tribute to the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, for what it has done. And she makes a very valid point. All of these options need to be carefully considered.

Hundreds of puppies are intercepted at our ports each year, and although we cannot accurately assess the scale of the puppy smuggling trade—it is, after all, illegal and therefore difficult to assess fully—it is likely that the true number of puppies being smuggled into the UK reaches into the thousands and not just the hundreds.

The most recent report into puppy smuggling by the Dogs Trust has also uncovered an alarming new trend of puppies from non- EU countries, such as Serbia, being taken to EU member states, given fraudulent EU pet passports and then smuggled to the UK from there.