Illegal trafficking of domesticated pets must be addressed – Lynn Boylan MEP
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed the vote at the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament, highlighting the illegal trade of companion animals and calling for greater regulation on puppy farms.
Speaking from Brussels, the Dublin MEP said:
“Today’s resolution addresses key areas in the illegal trade of companion animals such as dogs and cats including improved law enforcement, tougher sanctions along with training for customs and veterinary authorities.
"The EU must comprehensively set out measures to be taken at European, national and local levels to address the implications of the illegal trade in companion animals.
“Last year, Dogs Trust compiled an investigative report for revising puppy smuggling regulations across Europe. It investigated the abuses of the EU Pet Travel Scheme which is leading to the illegal importation of puppies from Central and Eastern Europe into Britain.
"This resolution echoes that report in highlighting the terrible conditions that cats and dogs are bred in, puppies are often taken from their mothers much too early and subjected to long journeys across the EU.
“Counterfeiting of pet passports is commonplace and animals are often transported in cramped filthy conditions.
“In the absence of an EU wide action plan to tackle this terrible trade, I encourage anybody thinking about getting a dog to consider a rescue dog, but if they are set on buying a puppy they should never agree to taking a puppy where they are not allowed to visit the mother and the kennels where the puppy was born.”