Petition launched to ban import of young puppies
A petition has been launched to ban the import of young puppies for sale in the UK.
The petition comes in the wake of the death of Love Island stars Molly Mae Hague and Tommy Fury’s puppy ‘Mr Chai’, who passed away just six days after being delivered from Russia.
The petition states: 'Plenty of dogs from UK breeders & rescues need homes. Transporting young pups long distances is often stressful, before being sold for ridiculous prices to unsuspecting dog-lovers. Government must adjust current laws, ban this unethical activity on welfare grounds & protect these poor animals ASAP.
'The recent tragic case of a puppy dying just six days after being delivered from Russia has exposed a completely legal but immoral route to market for pups bred hundreds of miles away & sold away from their mums. Who’s actually inspecting these breeders & transportation conditions? Selling imported pups like this is cruel & appears to contradict the Government’s own advice to always physically “see puppies interacting with their mothers in their place of birth” as with Lucy’s Law in England.'
The petition has received the backing of a host of celebrities including comedienne Ricky Gervais and Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden. Lucy's Law campaigner Marc Abraham and TV vet Scott Miller have also lent their support to the campaign.
Scott wrote on Twitter: 'Unscrupulous UK breeders and third-party sellers of foreign puppies are taking advantage of COVID-19 by hiking up prices and selling sick and incredibly young puppies to unsuspecting owners. The lack of care for the welfare of these puppies is appalling.'
At the time of writing, the petition has received more than 32,000 signatures. If the petition receives more than 100,000 signatures it will be considered for debate in parliament.
To sign the petition, click here.