Cats Protection Welcomes Moving Animals Across Borders Report From the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Cats Protection Welcomes Moving Animals Across Borders Report From the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Cats Protection’s Director of Veterinary Services Dr Maggie Roberts BVM&S MRCVS mentioned: “Cats Protection welcomes this necessary report from the EFRA committee which urges the Government to behave shortly to guard pets, together with cats and kittens, that are being moved out and in of the UK.

“We are totally supportive of the measures really useful within the report, together with a ban on importing pets youthful than six months outdated and closely pregnant pets. We are more than happy to see a suggestion to ban the importing of pets which have been topic to poor welfare practices, such because the merciless and pointless de-clawing of cats.

“We additionally welcome the remarks made by Neil Parish MP, Chair of the EFRA Select Committee. We agree that the Government must implement options now to guard pets, together with cats and kittens. Long delays on bringing in these suggestions will solely result in extra struggling for pets being transported into the UK. With demand for cats and kittens on the rise following the pandemic, it’s important the Government react shortly to stamp out pet smugglers intent on placing revenue earlier than welfare.

“Prior to the publishing of this report, the Government launched a session on amendments to pet journey, following the UK’s departure from the EU, which is open till 16 October. Cats Protection could be very dissatisfied that this Government session doesn’t think about extending proposals to stop pet smuggling to kittens, or to make sure the welfare of younger or pregnant cats introduced into the UK. As it stands, the proposals threat encouraging a commerce in kittens beneath six-months-old from overseas, notably the extra sought-after pedigree cat breeds. We at the moment are urging the Government to comply with the suggestions made on this EFRA report and make sure the welfare of all pets introduced into the UK, together with cats, is protected.”

Cat lovers can be taught extra concerning the charity’s marketing campaign to stop kitten smuggling and participate within the Government session by visiting www.cats.org.uk/pet-travel The session closes on 16 October.

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