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RSPCA ‘shocked’ by the scale of dog imports to the UK

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THE RSPCA says it is shocked at the ‘staggering numbers’ of dogs being brought into the UK from the EU, as revealed by figures provided by Defra.

In a written question to Defra on January 13, Jim Fitzpatrick, the Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, asked for the numbers and countries of origin of dogs imported into the UK for non-commercial reasons under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) and also those imported for commercial reasons.

Responding on January 21, George Eustice, minister of state at Defra, noted that, for imports under PETS, a record was made of the country that prepared the relevant documentation, but this would not always be the country of origin. The majority of pets entering Great Britain had UK pet passports, suggesting that they were returning with their owners from a holiday or visit abroad.

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