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Dogs Trust has warned that although there is a rise in puppies illegally imported during the festive season, illegally imported puppies is a huge issue all year round. The organisation has issued advice to help anyone thinking of buying a puppy, to know what to look for, in a bid to stop buyers unwittingly fuelling the trade. The charity has also issued a plea to anyone thinking of getting a dog, to do their research or consider rehoming instead.

 

Alan said I’m very pleased to support Dogs Trust in raising awareness of the plight of illegally imported puppies, who suffer the most harrowing of journeys at the hands of these unscrupulous dealers. It’s imperative that the Government takes immediate action by enforcing proper checks at the ports and on-the-spot fines to deter these breeders and dealers, as well as introducing revised legislation as a priority when the UK leaves the EU. We really hope this will help to effectively regulate pet travel.”

Local MP campaigning against puppy smuggling

  Dogs Trust has warned that although there is a rise in puppies illegally imported during the festive season, illegally imported puppies is a huge issue all year round. The...

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell MP raised the matter of the replacement of the Common Fisheries Policy in the House of Commons recently.  He emphasised that different ports will have different priorities. North Shields supports an inshore fishing fleet with prawns the main fishery. This makes protection of the 12 mile limit crucial to the economic health of the quay and fishermen.  

 

He also raised concerns regarding the export of prawns. He said, “North shields exports 95% of the prawns landed to the continent.  The prawns are not processed or frozen, they have five days from being landed on the quayside to get onto the table.  At present the MMO issues around 300 certificates to export to non-EU countries.  If every lorry that goes to France, Spain or Italy requires a certificate it is estimated that 21,000 certificates would be needed, this would be a disaster for the prawn industry in North Shields.”

 

He asked the Minister what plan the Government has when we exit the Common Fisheries Policy. 

MP raises export concerns in Annual Fisheries Debate

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell MP raised the matter of the replacement of the Common Fisheries Policy in the House of Commons recently.  He emphasised that different ports will have different...

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is urging interested parties to take part in the Labour Party Fishing Consultation.

In November, Labour Friends of Fishing was launched to make sure the voices of our fishing communities are heard and this consultation has been set up to do just that.

Alan Campbell said “I invited the Shadow Fisheries Minister Holly Lynch MP to North Shields Fish Quay this summer to see at first hand the importance of our local fisheries.  

North Shields is England’s biggest prawn port and more than 90% of prawns landed at North Shields are taken by lorry for sale on the Continent.  The prawns are not processed or frozen, they are fresh and have to be delivered within 5 days.  So access to markets is vital and exporters would not welcome additional bureaucracy, licences or tariffs.

For our area, fishing is one of the most emotive and important parts of the Brexit debate and it is important local people have their say.”

Click here for the consultation document.

Have your say on Fishing

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell is urging interested parties to take part in the Labour Party Fishing Consultation. In November, Labour Friends of Fishing was launched to make sure the voices...


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