Date lodged: 15 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has carried out of the profitability of illegal puppy smuggling compared with drug smuggling, and the associated penalties, in each of the last three years.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 30 August 2017
The Scottish Government has not specifically assessed the profitability of puppy smuggling compared to drug smuggling or the associated penalties in each of the last three years, although public demand is known to fuel a lucrative trade in both. There are various legal and illegal ways in which puppies from other countries can be moved to Scotland for sale and various possible offences, with appropriate penalties available, associated with the trade in these puppies. These can include fraud and failure to declare taxable income; animal welfare offences such as dealing without a licence, welfare in transport offences and causing unnecessary suffering; as well as failing to comply with commercial import health and identity requirements for dogs or the Pet Travel Scheme requirements depending on the precise circumstances of the case.