MP Nickie Aiken refuses to back bill to stop puppy smuggling and pet theft

22 Jun 2023

The Liberal Democrats re-tabled the Government puppy smuggling bill and called on Conservative MPs to keep their promise, but they have refused. 

Now Conservative MPs including Nickie Aiken refused to back a motion to bring the bill back within the next month and instead launched yet another consultation. 

Westminster and City of London Liberal Democrats have criticised this move, accusing the government of breaking another manifesto pledge, turning their back on puppies and allowing traffickers to exploit the pet market. 

The party has launched an online campaign and petition to end puppy smuggling and is urging pet owners and residents of Westminster and City of London to sign at  

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Westminster and City of LondonEdward Lucas said:

“The Conservative party promised to deliver this Bill in their election manifesto, and the Government even drafted the wording of the new law. It is shameful that Nickie Aiken has broken their promise to protect animals from cruel smuggling gangs. 

“ Nickie Aiken and this Conservative Government has left pet owners, animal welfare charities and residents of Westminster and City of London rightfully angry.

“The Liberal Democrats want to see greater protections for puppies, with criminals who target our beloved pets handed harsher punishments.”


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