Designer dog smugglers are using EU loophole to make millions
smuggling under-age puppies and heavily-pregnant animals across Europe to UK in ‘shocking’ 30-hour journeys
- Dogs Trust urges Government to redraw the non-commercial pet travel rules
- It says they are being exploited to smuggle puppies to UK from eastern Europe
- Pet travel scheme was changed to allow puppies to enter UK much younger
- Now unscrupulous dealers are using opportunity to make millions of pounds
The Government must take urgent action to stop under-age puppies and heavily pregnant dogs being smuggled across Europe for sale in the UK, campaigners said.
An undercover investigation by the Dogs Trust found animals were being forced to travel more than 1,000 miles across Europe in ‘shocking’ conditions to meet the demand for fashionable breeds of dogs.
The Dogs Trust said that as the UK leaves the EU, the Government should redraw the non-commercial pet travel rules, which are being exploited to smuggle puppies to the UK from central and eastern Europe.
- Since the pet travel scheme, currently governed by the EU, was changed to allow puppies to enter UK at a much younger age, unscrupulous dealers are using the opportunity to make millions of pounds from illegally importing them.
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