Petition Launched To Ban Import Of Young Puppies After Tommy And Molly-Mae's Pooch Dies
A petition is now gathering steam calling for the government to ban exploitative imports of young puppies for sale in the UK.
In the weeks after the death of Love Island stars Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury's pooch, Mr Chai - who passed away after being imported to Manchester from Russia - a new e-petition is now gaining popularity, and even backing from other celebs.
The petition, which was set up on parliament's website, urges the government to "adjust current laws, ban this unethical activity on welfare grounds & protect these poor animals ASAP."
It reads: "Plenty of dogs from UK breeders & rescues need homes. Transporting young pups long distances is often stressful, before being sold for ridiculous prices to unsuspecting dog-lovers," the petition also reads.
"The recent tragic case of a puppy dying just 6 days after being delivered from Russia has exposed a completely legal but immoral route to market for pups bred hundreds of miles away & sold away from their mums.
"Who's actually inspecting these breeders & transportation conditions?
"Selling imported pups like this is cruel & appears to contradict the Government's own advice to always physically 'see puppies interacting with their mothers in their place of birth' as with Lucy's Law in England.'"
The petition was started by multi award winning media vet Marc Abraham, and dog lover, Lucy Parkinson, from Preston - a dog lover who wanted to ensure no more puppies lost their lives through unethical travel.
And since its launch on Saturday (27th June), the petition has now amassed over 18,000 signatures and counting (as of 3pm on Tuesday 30th June) - 10,000 of which landed in the first 24 hours, which means the government must respond.
Supporters of the new petition have included Ricky Gervais and model and campaigner Katie Piper, and even Love Island stars, such as Olivia Attwood and Paige Turley.
OVER 17K SIGNATURES IN FIRST 2 DAYS! Thanks to every animal-lover that's signed & shared this important petition. Tragically Mr Chai (pic) only survived in UK for 6 days. You can help this reach 100K & prevent cruelty to other dogs here: https://t.co/SeTlSA5N77 #BanPuppyImports pic.twitter.com/Wp3dXlPiEv
- Marc Abraham (@marcthevet) June 30, 2020
They are now calling on their followers to sign the petition, too, in the hope it can reach 100,000 signatures and be debated in parliament.
A fresh conversation has started about the ethics of importing pups after the death of Tommy and Molly-Mae's Pomeranian.
The couple were left heartbroken when their pet pooch passed away just six days after he was transported from Russia.
An autopsy revealed Mr Chai's skull was not fully developed and part of his brain was left exposed.
Addressing criticism from animal rescue charities and campaigners, such as PETA, Molly said in a YouTube video: "Whilst we completely understand everyone's opinions about being shipped over from Russia, what you need to understand is that is not what made him die.
"He was going to die regardless. The autopsy results showed his skull wasn't fully developed and part of his brain was exposed. He didn't have a single white blood cell in his body.
"If we had the time again we would have got a dog from the UK or got a rescue dog from the UK."
If you want to sign the petition, you can do so here.
Featured Image Credit: Molly-Mae Hague/ Instagram