Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will introduce measures to restrict the age at which puppies can be imported to at least 14 weeks.
Defra takes the issue of puppy smuggling and other illegal importations of pets seriously. It is an abhorrent trade which causes suffering to these animals and puts the health of pets and people in the UK at risk.
As per our pet travel and commercial importation requirements, the minimum age a cat, dog or ferret can be vaccinated against rabies is 12 weeks old, followed by a 21 day wait when travelling from an EU Member State or another 'listed' third country. This means that the minimum age a cat, dog or ferret can enter GB from an EU Member State or another listed third country is 15 weeks old.
At present, there has been no substantive change to the pet travel requirements for pets entering Great Britain (GB) from the EU.
Now the Transition Period has ended, we have the opportunity to manage our own pet travel and commercial importation rules. We are actively listening to the concerns of stakeholders and the Government is considering options to strengthen our efforts to tackle puppy smuggling. These options will take into consideration the results from our latest disease risk assessments for GB and recommendations of stakeholders such as the British Veterinary Association and Dogs Trust, and recent parliamentary work from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.
1. Puppy smuggling
31/10/2017 - Parliamentary Research
Found: Contents 1. Puppy smuggling 2 Number of dogs and puppies in the UK 2 The PETS Travel Scheme 2 Border Checks
2. Animal Welfare
29/03/2017 - Parliamentary Research
Found: five years, as recommended in the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee™s Third Report,
3. Debate pack: Welfare of young dogs bred for sale
04/03/2016 - Parliamentary Research
Found: releases 4 4. Parliamentary material 14 4.1 Parliamentary questions 14 4.2 Debates 16 4.3 Early Day Motions
4. Puppy Smuggling
29/03/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: Summary 1 2. Background 2 2.1 Number of dogs and puppies in the UK 2 2.2 The PETS Travel Scheme 2 2.3 DEFRA
Found: Executive Agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and also works on behalf of the Scottis
1. Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill (Fourth sitting)
16/11/2021 - Public Bill Committees
1: The clause indicates the intention that the Secretary of State will give guidance to local authorities in - Speech Link
2: in clause 21, page 11, line 16, leave out “Secretary of State” and insert “appropriate national authority” - Speech Link
3: in clause 22, page 11, line 31, leave out “Secretary of State” and insert “appropriate national authority” - Speech Link
2. Puppy Smuggling
02/04/2019 - Westminster Hall
1: [Relevant documents: Third Report of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee of Session 2016-17, Animal - Speech Link
2: Hollobone. I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce the debate. I extend my thanks to the many organisations - Speech Link
3: Once again, I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce this debate today. I also extend my thanks to - Speech Link
3. Animal Welfare
07/06/2021 - Westminster Hall
1: documents: Oral evidence taken before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on 18 May 2021 on moving - Speech Link
2: entitled “Ban the exploitative import of young puppies for sale in the UK”. The prayer of the petition - Speech Link
3: pandemic, there has been an unprecedented demand for puppies, which has led to a devastating increase in the - Speech Link
4. Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill
25/10/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: and banned the commercial third-party sale of puppies and kittens. Our 2019 manifesto outlined how we - Speech Link
2: of the country without hindrance. Is the Secretary of State confident, as he brings in that ban, that - Speech Link
3: regime, and the Bill provides us with the power to introduce improvements by means of regulations at a later - Speech Link
5. Pet Travel
02/12/2021 - Westminster Hall