Daniel is calling on EU chiefs to take action to close a loophole which allows thousands of puppies to be smuggled into the UK.
“We have widespread abuse of the pet’s passport scheme; an initiative designed to help holiday makers is being exploited by commercial smugglers,” said Mr Dalton.
Last year only two dogs were imported into the UK from Lithuania using an importation license, yet, 2800 came in using the pet’s passport scheme.
Mr Dalton added, “These puppies often have forged papers and any illnesses or behavioural problems they may have are then concealed from buyers leaving the unsuspected owners facing huge vets bills or the prospect of having the dog euthanised or given to a charity.”
The MEP has joined forces with the Kenilworth-based Dog’s Trust to host an event in the European Parliament to highlight this issue with other parliamentarians and member states.
“18% of EU households own a dog and 26% a cat so this demand has created a market for this trade. We need the Commission and Member states to share data and more importantly best practice.”
“We need a clamp down on vets who issue or falsify medical records as well as the smugglers who exploit the laws. Just as importantly there needs to be a greater focus on educating people to about how they should go about getting a new pet.”