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Puppy Trade


FOUR PAWS is conducting an international campaign against the illegal puppy trade in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Our aim is to stop the criminal actions of the dog smugglers by educating the public and applying political pressure. These smugglers are only interested in profit, not in the wellbeing of the animals themselves.

The early separation from the mother and siblings disrupts the necessary conditioning and social development which occurs in the early weeks of a dog’s life. The animals therefore become afraid of their environment and are subject to bouts of aggression or anxiety. As a result, the animals are often given away, and end up in dog pounds.

Many people support the illegal puppy trade by accident when deciding to buy a dog for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is the attraction of a good deal on the internet; sometimes it is discovering a cute puppy at a market while on holiday. Sometimes, it is sympathy which leads people to „rescue“ a „poor“ puppy from bad conditions.


These are exactly the situations the dog mafia count on and that keep their ruthless business profitable. The life and health of the dog itself are of no interest to them.
FOUR PAWS is using all the resources at its disposal to document these practices. We are supported by national veterinarian organisations, celebrities, vets, victims, the police and media outlets.
We are dependant on your assistance for our success. Please support our work and our demands by signing our petition!

The international pop star Loona has joined FOUR PAWS in the campaign against the illegal puppy trade.