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Ending the Illegal Puppy Trade

That the Parliament notes the reported concerns about the illegal puppy trade and the view that this business is a blight on animal welfare that must be tackled; understands however that the trade is big business in Scotland, with thousands of dogs being brought into the country each year from Ireland in particular; further understands that the Scottish SPCA and activists in Stranraer have been attempting to disrupt such activity at the port of Cairnryan; believes that the animals involved are bred and kept in horrendous conditions, which can lead to illness and death; understands that, as Christmas approaches, more people might be tempted to purchase a puppy; notes the Scottish SPCA's recommendation that people should try to rehome a dog in the first instance but that, if someone is intent on buying a puppy, then they should do so from a reputable and licensed breeder and insist on seeing the puppy's mother and, if possible, father, as well as its living conditions; notes that it also states that puppies should not be purchased in a public place, such as a car park, and that this should set alarm bells ringing if it is suggested by the seller; understands that, while reputable breeders do advertise with it online, the charity generally advises against buying animals via the internet and that searching the seller’s phone number online could reveal whether they deal in multiple litters and breeds, and notes the view that tackling illegal trafficking through raising public awareness of it is one of the primary ways that Scotland can begin to disrupt this cruel trade.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Christine Grahame, David Torrance, Ruth Maguire, Graeme Dey, Richard Lochhead, Gail Ross, David Stewart, Bill Kidd, Pauline McNeill, Bob Doris, Angus MacDonald, Tom Arthur, Kenneth Gibson, John Mason, Ash Denham, Neil Findlay, Clare Haughey, John Finnie, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Adamson, Andy Wightman, Ivan McKee, Colin Smyth, Gil Paterson, Gillian Martin, Stuart McMillan, Fulton MacGregor, Claudia Beamish, Alison Johnstone, James Dornan, Maree Todd, Colin Beattie, Finlay Carson, Willie Coffey

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 21/12/2016