This illegal trade severely impacts upon the health and welfare of the animals involved. Many are born in inhumane circumstances, are socialised poorly, and are transported great distances, too often at the risk of disease. Unsuspecting owners buy these pets, often online, and are regularly left heartbroken when things go wrong.
This illegal trade poses serious threats, not only to the health and welfare of the animals being trafficked, but to the health & welfare of other animals and the public across Europe.
We want to make the invisible,visible. We want to close the loopholes that allow this trade to flourish, and to ensure that dogs, cats and other pets are protected, both from the trade itself, and from the serious disease and behavioural risks that threaten the health & welfare of all animals and owners alike.