Animals: Imports

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many animals were imported into the UK to be sold as pets in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The number of dogs, cats and ferrets that have been imported into the UK under commercial rules in the last five years is as follows:

Imports into the UK from other EU member states
  Total
2008 121
2009 214
2010 557
2011 539
2012 (January-May) 460
Imports into the UK from outside of the EU
  Total
2008 5,051
2009 4,621
2010 6,388
2011 6,765
2012 (January-May) 4,452

Importers are not required to specify whether these animals are to be sold as pets. The above data is derived from the European Commission's Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES).

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