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Dogs: Smuggling

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of dogs and puppies that were illegally imported in 2019; and from which countries those dogs and puppies were illegally imported.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 02 March 2020.

The correct answer should have been:

The attached Annex contains the number of dogs landed in Great Britain which did not meet the import requirements and therefore required quarantine in 2019.

The definition of ‘illegally landed’ does not necessarily mean the animal was smuggled into Great Britain. Our definition of an illegal landing is any dog that is landed in Great Britain which does not meet the import requirements and therefore requires quarantine under the Rabies Importation Order. While these figures may include some smuggled animals, it also includes:

  • pet animals that arrive at UK airports and during the pets check are found to be non-compliant
  • animals that are found ‘inland’ and after a trading standards investigation are found to be non-compliant

The attached data will include animals imported under the Pet Travel Scheme and the commercial import (Balai) requirements.

Attached Annex for PQ 19046 (Word Document, 28.59 KB)

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Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The attached Annex contains the number of dogs landed in Great Britain which did not meet the import requirements and therefore required quarantine in 2019.

The definition of ‘illegally landed’ does not necessarily mean the animal was smuggled into Great Britain. Our definition of an illegal landing is any dog that is landed in Great Britain which does not meet the import requirements and therefore requires quarantine under the Rabies Importation Order. While these figures may include some smuggled animals, it also includes:

  • pet animals that arrive at UK airports and during the pets check are found to be non-compliant
  • animals that are found ‘inland’ and after a trading standards investigation are found to be non-compliant

The attached data will include animals imported under the Pet Travel Scheme and the commercial import (Balai) requirements.

Attached Annex for PQ 19046 (Word Document, 28.59 KB)

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.