It was good to see animal charities including Cats Protection and Dogs Trust in Parliament recently to support the Animal Welfare (Import of Dogs, Cats & Ferrets) Bill. 

Knowing of the amount of interest from constituents on this matter I continue to support closing the loopholes in our animal welfare laws that allow cruel puppy and kitten smuggling. 

The Bill coming forward for debate on 15th March in Parliament has a vital role to play in helping tackle the illegal import of puppies and kittens, stopping the import of animals with cruel and unnecessary mutilations, and I will be following its progress through Parliament.