As any animal owner or lover will agree, the health and wellbeing of all animals is of the upmost importance, particularly when it comes to the buying and selling of animals as pets from abroad.
However, after too many news articles of animals, in particular puppies, being imported from abroad to the detriment of the animal’s own welfare – such as ex-Love Island stars Mollie-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury who earlier this year imported a Pomeranian puppy from Russia, who sadly died a week after arriving in their care – anger has rightfully been ignited across the internet, and a petition arose demanding the government to consider a ban on the exploitative import of young puppies for sale in the UK.
Now, just 42 days after its launch, the petition has reached its goal of 100,000 signatures, which means it will now be considered for debate in parliament, a colossal step in the journey to protecting the welfare of innocent dogs.
After receiving over 10,000 signature in its first 24 hours, a host of animal-loving celebrities have shown their support for the campaign and used their online platforms to raise awareness and encourage people to sign the petition, including Ricky Gervais, Davina McCall, Paul O’Grady, Ellie Goulding, Katie Piper, Rachel Riley, Sue Barker, Nadia Sawalha, Katherine Ryan and many, many more.
Despite recent laws clamping down on UK puppy farms, there still continues to be major problems within the puppy buying industry in the UK. A huge amount are being imported from overseas, meaning their start in life is extremely traumatic. Despite the fact puppies aren’t meant to be transported until they’re over the 15-week mark, puppies are arriving in the UK as young as five weeks old, often gravely sick from being separated far too early from their mothers.
The petition is still online to be signed, and the more signatures to help our furry friends the better.