Illegal importation of Dogs (Parliamentary Bill)

On 26 March 2014  Jim Fitzpatrick, MP, requested Parliament to support a Bill to provide for a fixed penalty charge for those caught smuggling dogs into the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

This is to address the growing welfare problems connected to the illegal importation of dogs/puppies particularly from Eastern Europe.  Puppies are no doubt bred in sub standard conditions, removed from their mothers and trafficked to the UK to supply the demand for puppies in the UK. These will be sold on througb dealers and often via internet websites with little or no regard for the welfare needs of the puppies, nor the suitability of their new owners.