As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Stephanie has joined the Dogs Trust in callIing for the government to take urgent action to end the cruel practice of puppy smuggling.
The call comes following the MP’s recent meeting with the charity in Parliament, where the terrible conditions in which puppies are transported across Central and Eastern Europe to be sold to unsuspecting buyers in the UK were laid bare.
The Dogs Trust described the journey from Lithuania to Great Britain to provide an insight into the conditions puppies are forced to endure.
Dogs Trust has been investigating this problem since 2014 with its reports revealing shocking evidence of the Pet Travel Scheme being exploited by illegal puppy importers.
Stephanie Peacock MP said:
“Dogs Trust has unveiled a horrendous trade that has been growing over the past few years, and now have the opportunity to make a positive change to stop this practice.
“I’ve been shocked by the findings of all four of the reports and am proud to support the case to bring an end to puppy smuggling with the introduction of tighter controls and the need for much stronger penalties to deter this horrific crime.”