Neil Parish MP fights against puppy smuggling

On Thursday 28 March, Neil Parish MP asked the Animal Welfare Minister about puppies.

Neil highlighted that under EU legislation, up to five puppies can be brought into the UK legally. Neil demonstrated he is keen to strengthen the UK's animal welfare credentials, by reducing the number of puppies that can be legally brought in to two.

Speaking afterwards Neil said: "Criminal gangs profit from the number of puppies that can be brought into the country legally. Very often these gangs have fraudulent veterinary certificates, and puppies which have been poorly socialised and looked after are brought into the country.

"By reducing the number of puppies that can be brought in we can try to stop criminal gangs from profiting and make sure puppies which are brought in have been properly looked after and socialised. I am reassured by the Minister that this subject will be looked at once we have left the EU."

You can read the full exchange here.