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Parliamentary inquiry launched into puppy trade

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By Georgina Mills

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRACom) has launched a new inquiry into the puppy smuggling trade.

The inquiry follows the committee’s 2017 report – Animal Welfare in England: domestic pets – which examined the illegal importation of puppies and concluded that the current scheme for pet travel was providing a ‘vehicle for the illegal importation of puppies’.

At present dogs can be imported into the UK legally from the EU for commercial and non-commercial reasons using two different schemes – the Balai …

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