OUR OTHER REPORTS
CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME
By Steve O'Connell AM, January 2019
Many dogs are abandoned every year in this country and London organisations such as Battersea Dogs and Cats Home rehome thousands of dogs every year. According to Battersea, last winter over 20,000 animals were abandoned.
While there are many dogs in need of homes in this country, over the past few years large numbers of street dogs have been imported from other countries, particularly Romania, for rehoming in the UK. Between 2014 and 2018 56,125 dogs were imported into the country from Romania. This does not include dogs that may have come in “under the radar” via the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) according to the serious concerns of the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
While some charities continue to encourage the export of street dogs from Romania and other countries and the financing of shelters and veterinary fees in those countries, they may be encouraging the proliferation of such dogs and their suffering rather than attacking the root cause. It might be better to concentrate on schemes tackling the problem with longer-term in-country operations concentrating on neutering programmes and other tactics designed to prevent the problem arising in the first place.
RAT LAND: LONDON'S GROWING RODENT PROBLEM
By Susan Hall AM, November 2017
London’s rodent population is on the rise. Evidence presented in this report shows local authorities and pest control firms in the capital received over 186,000 complaints relating rodents over the past five years. That’s more than 100 per day - and the problem is getting worse.
It came to a head in July 2017 when Harrow became the focus of an unfortunate viral video that served as a warning to other London boroughs of the risks of poor environmental health.
This report examines the extent of London’s rodent problem and the issues surrounding pest control in London boroughs. It looks at the possible consequences for local authorities who do not address the problem, as well as looking at what other cities have done about similar issues in Europe.
It assesses the Mayor of London’s role in protecting the capital’s reputation as a clean and attractive city and looks at why he should be concerned with limiting the spread of rodents.
SICK PUPPY: AN EXAMINATION OF THE PUPPY TRAFFICKING TRADE IN LONDON
By Steve O'Connell AM, September 2017
We are a nation of animal lovers and many households own a pet dog or cat. A companion animal is particularly attractive to those who live by themselves. Most people prefer to purchase a puppy rather than an adult dog because of the appeal of a cuddly small animal. Sadly, some purchasers are deceived into buying puppies from on-line dealers selling trafficked animals brought in from abroad, particularly eastern Europe, under the PETS Scheme.
The Pets Travel Scheme (PETS) brought in in 2012 enables dog, cat or ferret owners to travel within the EU with their pet without the need for quarantine on arrival providing they have been microchipped, hold a pet passport, have been vaccinated against rabies and that any dogs entering the UK have received tapeworm treatment directly prior to travel.
Many of these animals have been taken from their mothers too soon, are bred in unhygienic conditions and suffer from diseases that only manifest themselves after they have been sold, when the sellers are long-gone and uncontactable. New owners, frequently with low incomes, find themselves with seriously ill pets with pre-existing conditions, needing expensive veterinary treatment and with no possibility of insurance cover. Some are faced with the possibility of being forced to put their pet down because of the severity of its condition or because they cannot afford treatment.