Campaigners say Brexit will finally give Britain “an opportunity of a lifetime” to end the cruel and illegal puppy smuggling trade. The Dogs Trust wants MPs to rewrite pet travel legislation to plug EU loopholes which see hundreds of pregnant and underage dogs shipped 1,000 miles from Eastern Europe in sickening conditions. The call comes as an investigation by the charity predicts a rise in smuggling in the run-up to Christmas as demand for younger, cuter dogs increases online. The charity’s Veterinary Director Paula Boyden said: “We’re calling on the Government to take urgent action to stop the illegal importation of puppies into the UK as Brexit approaches. “Our investigations revealed shocking welfare conditions. “There is no regard for the lives of these vulnerable puppies, subjected to gruelling journeys of over 30 hours in hot, cramped, filthy conditions with no toilet breaks and very little water. “Some don’t survive – and those who do may have physical health and behavioural issues due to their poor start in life. “Puppy smugglers are only concerned with making a profit, and the UK is an attractive market. “Unsuspecting British shoppers will continue to buy puppies online in the run up to Christmas which… Read full this story
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