Ac­tion plea over puppy smug­gling

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

A huge op­er­a­tion has been un­cov­ered in Kent af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Dogs Trust re­vealed pup­pies are be­ing smug­gled into the coun­try.

The an­i­mals, most of which are un­der­age, are se­dated be­fore they get to the English bor­der so they do not make a noise.

It is thought 82% of the pups in­ter­cepted at the bor­der are pop­u­lar breeds such as pugs and French bull­dogs.

A lit­ter of un­der­age pup­pies smug­gled into the UK from East­ern Europe were dis­cov­ered with their um­bil­i­cal cords still at­tached fol­low­ing a 30-hour jour­ney.

The five English bull­dog pup­pies were just four weeks old when they were seized by of­fi­cials at Dover – 11 weeks be­low the le­gal age for trans­porta­tion.

The op­er­a­tion also found doc­u­ments are be­ing fal­si­fied to make the an­i­mals ap­pear older than they are, in case breed­ers are stopped by bor­der of­fi­cials.

Ve­teri­nary di­rec­tor at the char­ity Paula Boy­den said: “These shock­ing cases clearly show that ur­gent ac­tion is needed to stop the puppy smug­gling scan­dal.

“The num­ber of pros­e­cu­tions is far too low and the lack of vis­ual checks at ferry ports and bor­ders is un­ac­cept­able. We want to see stronger de­ter­rents in­clud­ing prison sen­tences for those caught traf­fick­ing pup­pies.”

Ms Boy­den is call­ing on the gov­ern­ment to look again at laws for trav­el­ling pets once Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions get fully un­der way.

Kent has been listed as the fourth largest area in the coun­try for puppy farms.

In 2016, 168 (4.6%) of all calls re­ceived by the RSPCA re­lated to pup­pies be­ing traded. busi­ness editor Euro­tun­nel shrugged off Brexit con­cerns and pre­dicted a long spell of growth as it in­creased rev­enues for the 15th con­sec­u­tive half-year pe­riod.

The Channel Tun­nel op­er­a­tor said the out­look is “good” for the next two years as it backed pos­i­tive re­ports on the UK econ­omy by the Bank of Eng­land and the Euro­pean Cen­tral Bank.

Rev­enues in­creased 3% to €497 mil­lion (£445m) in the first six months of the year while earn­ings be­fore in­ter­est, taxes and

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