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Puppy smuggling inquiry


The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee follows on from its 2017 inquiry into the welfare of domestic pets in England, the Committee seeks written submissions on the following questions:

  1. How many puppies are imported into the UK illegally, including under the EU Pet Travel Scheme?
  2. Are border controls in the UK sufficient to detect puppies being imported illegally, and if not, how should this be improved?
  3. After EU Exit, should the UK introduce tougher controls on pet imports? How would these be balanced against the needs of people legally transporting pets across borders?
  4. Will the ban on third party sales of puppies: (i) encourage buyers to source puppies responsibly; and (ii) reduce illegal puppy smuggling?
  5. How could demand in the UK for puppies be better met by domestic breeding?