MPs have praised the Mirror’s Ban Puppy Imports campaign and demanded that “proper action” be taken to clamp down on the merciless, “exploitative” pet commerce.
Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary Luke Pollard was amongst MPs in Parliament discussing our calls to elevate the import age of pups to 6 months.
Mr Pollard instructed MPs: “I want to say thank you for the Mirror campaign talking about puppy smuggling…now we need proper action. That includes making sure that there are no imports of puppies younger than six months.”
He added: “The Government has dragged its feet on these issues for too long.”
Defra Minister Victoria Prentis yesterday hinted the Government was open to the plan, which is backed by dozens of high-profile celebrities together with Ricky Gervais, Peter Egan, Claire Balding, Deborah Meaden, Simon Cowell, Olly Murs, Olivia Newton-John, Davina McCall, Dermot O’Leary, Ellie Goulding and Shirley Ballas.
Mrs Prentis MP mentioned: “There are many reasons for making sure that we get this absolutely right”, earlier than including: “This could involve a new minimum age for new puppy imports…it’s important that we are to bring in these regulations in a very specific way so we can close loopholes.”
Yesterday’s debate was because of tens of hundreds of Mirror readers who signed an e-petition, which hit its goal of 100,000 signatures in simply six weeks after being launched in June final year.
The campaign is being spearheaded by movie star vet Marc Abraham, who based Lucy’s Law which cracks down on pet farms, and who was equally praised by Mr Pollard.
Last evening Marc mentioned: “It was a useful debate with numerous MPs calling for the same six month minimum import age limit.
The minister hinted to the fact that they have now listened to the public, cross party MPs, and every other dog-lover calling for a minimum of six months, as this would be the only way to ensure effective enforcement at borders.
This is a massive opportunity to crack down on an immoral, unethical, and often completely legal industry, as well as make a long-lasting impact on puppy smuggling too.”
Tory MP and vet Dr Neil Hudson, who sits on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, additionally wholeheartedly agreed of the necessity to “urgently” elevate the minimal age to 6 months.
He mentioned: “We’ve heard harrowing accounts of puppies and heavily pregnant dogs in appalling conditions. Now we have left the EU we have the opportunity to tighten up on legislation and border checks to put an end to this miserable plight of animals being transported by unscrupulous smugglers.”
The e-petition calling on the Government to ‘Ban the exploitative import of young puppies for sale in the UK’ was began by a involved dog-lover Lucy Parkinson, after a Pomeranian pup known as ‘Mr Chai’ was legally imported from Russia, delivered straight to a star couple’s home within the UK, and tragically died only a few days later.
Puppies imported underneath six months outdated typically undergo poor well being, traumatic journeys, in addition to doubtlessly carrying illnesses, comparable to rabies, that additionally pose severe dangers to the general public.
They have been coming into the UK each legally and illegally for years; made worse within the final 14 months by the massive, and well-recognised, pandemic demand for puppies.
Alongside a crackdown on pet smuggling, the brand new laws will see the introduction of a variety of welfare requirements for pets, farmed and stored wild animals, together with via a ban on protecting primates as pets.
Last week the Mirror revealed how as much as 5,000 primates are stored in properties throughout the nation, many cooped up in cages and ate up scraps resulting in a list of well being issues.
Live animals pressured to undertake excessively lengthy journeys for export for fattening and slaughter, inflicting misery and damage will even be banned, the primary European nation to finish this apply.
James West, Senior Policy Manager at Compassion in World Farming, which has been campaigning in opposition to the apply for many years, welcomed the information. He mentioned: This is an historic second, and one which can rightly delight Compassion’s supporters, who’ve been campaigning for this for many years.
“This cruel and outdated trade has been a stain on British farm animal welfare standards for far too long, so we are very pleased that a Bill to finally consign it to the history books has been introduced.
“If implemented, this Bill will mean thousands of sentient farm animals will be spared the tremendous suffering caused by long and unnecessary journeys across Europe and beyond.
“This legislation will mark a truly new beginning, that sees Britain begin to justifiably claim to be a global leader in farm animal welfare.”
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