New plans to crack down on pet smuggling and ban the import of canines with cropped ears or docked tails have been set out by the UK authorities immediately (August 21).
The brand new powers – which additionally embody elevating the minimal age for importing a pet from 15 weeks to 6 months, and banning the import of closely pregnant canines to assist shield pet and mom welfare – are aimed toward safeguarding the welfare of the 1000’s of puppies and canines that come into Nice Britain (GB) from abroad every year.
Greater than 66,000 canines had been commercially imported into the UK final 12 months, in keeping with Animal and Plant Well being Company figures.
Nonetheless, proof reveals a current rise in low-welfare imports and smuggling exercise, with border authorities seeing round a 260% improve within the variety of younger puppies being intercepted for not assembly the UK’s pet import guidelines – from 324 in 2019 to 843 in 2020.
The proposals are a part of a raft of measures included in an eight-week, GB-wide session which seeks views from the general public and stakeholders on authorities proposals to deal with pet smuggling and low-welfare imports by unscrupulous breeders and merchants.
As well as, the session asks the general public and stakeholders for views on new penalties for breaching these guidelines, adjustments to the detention and rehoming course of and whether or not the proposals ought to be prolonged to cowl cats and ferrets.
‘Pet smuggling is a grim commerce’
Launching the session, Animal Welfare Minister Lord Zac Goldsmith stated:
“Pet smuggling is a grim commerce, and we’re decided to clamp down on it.
“Elevating the minimal import age for puppies will assist shield 1000’s of animals which are introduced into the nation every year and cease criminals seeking to revenue from the rise in demand for pets.
We have already got one of many hardest pet journey border checking regimes on this planet and as an impartial nation outdoors the EU we’re going even additional by stopping anybody from bringing in canines which have undergone inhumane procedures corresponding to ear cropping or tail docking.
“These new measures construct on our plans to boost animal welfare requirements throughout the board as a part of our Motion Plan for Animal Welfare.”