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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12161: Ruth Maguire (Cunninghame South)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 24 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the findings of Dogs Trust’s report, Puppy Smuggling: A Tragedy Ignored, whether it will make it a requirement for animal health resources to be available at ports to record the age of dogs entering the country.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 7 November 2017

The Scottish Government has no plans to make it a requirement for animal health resources to be available at ports to record the age of dogs entering the country. There are no sea ports in Scotland that are approved under the Pets Travel Regulations to accept pets from other countries. Edinburgh and Glasgow airports do have approved travel routes but receive relatively few pets passing through. There is no legal requirement for checks on pets travelling within the UK to Scottish ports.