USPCA supports Member States’ declartion which presents an opportunity to tackle booming pet trade and puppy trafficking!!

“The European Parliament has stated in 2016 that the illegal puppy trade is not only an animal welfare issue. It is the third most profitable organised crime within the EU after narcotics and weapons.”
Brendan Mullan, Chief Executive of the USPCA states:
“This criminality represents a massive risk to public health. Puppies are produced under appalling conditions and usually not vaccinated. Many carry severe transmissible diseases and pose a real threat to animal and human health. As an active member of Eurogroup for Animals the USPCA welcomes a joint declaration by five EU Member States (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden), calling on the European Commission for action to stop the illegal trade in pet animals across the EU – particularly with regard to the smuggling of dogs across Member States.”
This declaration comes ahead of the second meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare this Friday, 10th November 2017. The USPCA regard this as an incentive for the European Commission to act. It is a step in the right direction, but we need to speed up action to end the suffering of millions of puppies.
Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals says: ‘‘The numbers of dogs and cats being smuggled has grown enormously over the past decade, fueled by a consumer demand for certain breeds, an increase in online classified advertisements, and a pet passport system which currently does not work. There is a huge amount of suffering endured through long journeys, a high risk of transmissible disease, and those surviving often become poorly socialized leading to abandonment. The joint declaration by Member States shows a willingness to act together. This is a truly welcome step in the right direction to protect our pets.’’
The USPCA commends the work of the five Member States in their efforts to finally address this inhumane trade. It is hoped the declaration will result in the establishment of a sub-group to look at ways to coordinate identification and registration systems. This should mark the beginning of the end of the illegal pet trade flourishing in Europe.