RSPCA backs Daily Mirror’s Ban Puppy Imports campaign

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The RSPCA is at this time backing our marketing campaign to ban the authorized import of younger puppies from merciless abroad pet farms.

The nation’s main animal welfare charity has teamed up with the Mirror giving an enormous increase to our struggle in demanding an pressing change within the legislation to guard puppies and their mums.

They be part of animal-loving stars together with Simon Cowell, Davina McCall, Ricky Gervais, Dame Olivia Newton-John, Shirley Ballas, Ellie Goulding, Katie Piper and Peter Egan in urging the Authorities to take rapid motion.

The charity have additionally thrown their assist behind a Authorities petition which has now collected 120,000 signatures in solely its first few weeks.

RSPCA Chief Government Chris Sherwood stated he can be delighted to assist the Day by day Mirror’s Ban Pet Imports marketing campaign to assist finish struggling.

Lucy Parkinson began the petition following the loss of life of Molly Mae Hague’s and Tommy Fury’s canine

He stated: “Shopping for an imported pet leaves new homeowners open to the chance they’re supporting merciless pet farming, with the dad and mom stored in terrible circumstances and used as breeding machines, and the puppies left sick or dying – there is no such thing as a possible way of checking. It additionally means younger pups travelling lengthy distances inflicting stress, which is a significant welfare concern. Homeowners who select to purchase a canine on this means are leaving themselves open to the heartbreak of dropping their new pet or dealing with well being and behavioural points which they only did not cut price for.

“We, on this nation, are used to with the ability to order precisely what we wish which suggests if the breed of pet is just not obtainable right here, patrons go overseas. We wish to encourage folks to take their time and anticipate the appropriate animal and likewise realise the advantages of rescuing a canine the place nice efforts are made to be sure to get the animal which is correct for your loved ones and circumstances.

“If folks do select to purchase, there’s at all times a danger of falling sufferer to poor breeders and unscrupulous pet farms on this nation too – which is why we at all times urge new homeowners to make use of the Pet Contract.”

Lucy Parkinson, 27, of Preston, Lancs, began the petition in June after listening to a few Pomeranian pup referred to as Mr Chai, owned by Love Island stars Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury, that tragically died simply days after being legally imported from Russia.

Lucy Parkinson began the petition in June after listening to a few Pomeranian pup referred to as Mr Chai, owned by Love Island stars Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury

The massively common petition requires a ban on the “immoral” and “unethical” however fully authorized route of younger pups from overseas.

We’re calling to lift the import age to round six months, when the pups’ everlasting tooth are all seen. Border employees might then simply spot these which might be too younger making pet import legal guidelines each enforceable and efficient. This older minimal age coupled with efficient rabies vaccination and blood testing would additionally guarantee there was minimal danger of bringing this probably deadly illness into the UK which may kill canines in addition to people. Six-month-old pups would even be much less enticing to patrons who often need a lot youthful, cuter ones.

Lucy at this time praised the RSPCA for throwing their weight behind the petition and our marketing campaign.

She stated: “I am so completely happy the RSPCA have recognised the Ban Pet Imports marketing campaign and wish to take part placing a cease to this merciless commerce. It is completely unbelievable to realize the assist of one of many greatest animal charities.”

The transfer comes as industrial import licences given to international breeders by our Authorities in June, July, and August soared from 5,000 to 12,000 over the identical interval final yr.

Simon Cowell and his two Yorkshire terrier puppies
Simon Cowell and his two Yorkshire terrier puppies

Presently as much as 150 canines might be legally imported to the UK with out their mum on one licence, and are coming from breeders in nations resembling Russian and Romania, born into circumstances unable to be inspected by UK animal welfare officers.

A Mirror investigation in June additionally informed how some merciless and irresponsible breeders have been additionally transporting in poor health, too younger canines utilizing couriers by way of UK brokers. Many pups have been left exhausted by journeys of as much as 1500miles over a number of days, and even needed to be fully shaved on arrival, as they have been typically lined in their very own and different puppies’ urine and faeces. A whistleblower informed us how the canines needed to be “cleaned up” within the UK earlier than being handed over to unsuspecting homeowners.

We have been additionally informed how puppies are sourced from throughout Russia for as little as £300 with paperwork at finest unreliable and infrequently faked, after which offered to UK patrons for over £5000 – generally extra – almost definitely fuelled by the elevated demand for pandemic puppies over lockdown. Standard social media platform Instagram is usually used as a decent entrance to lure prospects in, with footage of pups which regularly do not even exist – or in some circumstances have already died.

The Authorities presently advises patrons to bodily “see puppies interacting with their moms of their homeland”, one of many main and most vital protections given by the ban on third-party pet sellers in England referred to as Lucy’s Legislation, which The Mirror additionally backed.

However this glorious recommendation is clearly not possible to realize when pups are legally imported and offered with out their mums.

The Mirror’s #BanPuppyImports marketing campaign believes puppies ought to solely be sourced direct from a accountable breeder, or higher nonetheless adopted from a good rescue shelter.

To signal the Ban Pet Imports petition go to

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