Neil Parish says puppy smuggling can be more profitable than drug smuggling

“Some gangs seek to smuggle puppies rather than drugs as it is potentially more profitable, prosecutions are less likely and the punishments less severe, a Devon MP has told Government ministers.

Senior Conservative Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, pressed the Government to increase the maximum prison sentence for animal abusers to five years and also encourage best practice for puppy breeding to keep up with demand.

He suggested “criminal elements” will seek to exploit the market if there is not a good supply from reputable breeders.

Mr Parish’s remarks came as MPs backed regulations which require anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten under six months to deal directly with either the breeder or with an animal rehoming centre. …”