Earlier this week I spoke to Rob Parsons, Political Editor of the Yorkshire Post, to discuss the reported rise in pet theft and puppy smuggling.
I’m hearing time and time again on the doorstep that an increasing number in our constituency are concerned about the reported rise in dog theft.
As a result, I’m pleased that the Government are tackling this issue and have launched a Pet Theft Taskforce, which will investigate the reported rise in this crime since the start of lockdown.
The new taskforce will gather evidence to understand the factors that may be contributing to any perceived rise in thefts, and to recommend any necessary measures to tackle the problem. The Taskforce will also learn lessons from successes in tackling other types of theft, such as mobile phone or metal theft, and how to clamp down most effectively on this illegal market and those engaged in it.
I also welcome the Government’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare, released earlier this month, which highlights the need to end the abhorrent, cruel practice of puppy smuggling.
You can listen to the podcast here: https://www.spreaker.com/user/14344145/episode-61-mixdown-v2