Puppy Smuggling

Part of Youth Inmates: Solitary Confinement – in Westminster Hall at 5:27 pm on 2nd April 2019.

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Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip 5:27 pm, 2nd April 2019

My hon. Friend has been very consistent on this point in Committee and in other meetings, and that is something that we will be able to look at. We have sympathy with the point that he, and many others, make.

To highlight the international dimension of the issue, I note that it is not just us who are concerned about the illegal puppy trade. At a recent international forum, Austrian, Dutch, German, French, Italian and Danish representatives all highlighted the increase in the trade.

Many hon. Members, such as Angela Smith, my hon. Friend Ross Thomson, and the hon. Members for Islwyn (Chris Evans) and for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (Dr Cameron) have talked about the need to increase 10-fold the maximum sentence for animal cruelty, from six months to five years. We are absolutely committed to that, and I am very keen to bring that to the House—