It’s a dog’s life as MP backs lo­cal ca­nine wel­fare char­ity cam­paign

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Mar­garet Fer­rier MP has given her back­ing to the UK’s largest dog wel­fare char­ity, Dogs Trust.

They were at the House of Com­mons to high­light the UK’s grow­ing puppy smug­gling prob­lem to a host of MPs.

Fol­low­ing its ini­tial re­port into puppy smug­gling in Novem­ber 2014, Dogs Trust this year con­ducted its sec­ond in-depth in­ves­tiga­tive re­port fo­cused on the pup­pies trav­el­ling il­le­gally into Bri­tain un­der the Pet Travel Scheme. The char­ity found sub­stan­tial ev­i­dence that un­der­age pup­pies are still reg­u­larly en­ter­ing the coun­try on false doc­u­men­ta­tion and are sub­se­quently sold to un­sus­pect­ing con­sumers.

Mar­garet Fer­rier MP for Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West said:“It’s ev­i­dent that greater mea­sures need to be put in place to de­ter peo­ple from smug­gling pup­pies into this coun­try il­le­gally, and I know my col­leagues at the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment are closely mon­i­tor­ing our leg­is­la­tion as well as look­ing at pro­pos­als by the Welsh Na­tional As­sem­bly which would make the leg­is­la­tion tighter.”

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