Unscrupulous puppy trade: record number of imports from dubious sources – …

Schweizer Tierschutz STS

Basel (ots)

Now, the increasing demand for dogs in 2020 and 2021 of the coronavirus has also been statistically proven. The importation of puppies from supposedly animal-unfriendly farms abroad has massively increased for the second consecutive time. In 2021, an additional 2900 puppies will be imported into Switzerland; By 2020, the number of puppies is about 2,700 more than the previous year. According to statistics recently published by the central dog database AMICUS, 15,136 puppies between the ages of 8 and 15 weeks were imported into Switzerland last year. This is a new record. To end the trade in puppies of unknown origin, the Swiss Animal Protection Agency PSA requires the Federation not to allow puppies under 15 weeks of age to be brought into Switzerland. The “15 week rule” must be introduced as soon as possible.

As of 2020, imports of puppies from 8 to 15 weeks of age have increased by 2730 compared to the previous year. In 2021, according to new statistics from the AMICUS dog database, there were 2,859 more dogs than the year before. Last year, a total of 15,136 puppies were imported into Switzerland. These two key figures represent new records. They reflect the growing demand for dogs as pets during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to unclear and often illegal origins, the Swiss Animal Protection Agency PSA considers the importation of puppies under 15 weeks of age into Switzerland without rabies vaccination or without Adequate protection is a serious matter. A simple self-declaration sewn with white thread on the seller’s and personal’s part will suffice. The 15-week rule closes this loophole: only dogs that have been fully vaccinated against rabies will be imported (can only be vaccinated against rabies from the 12th week of life, waiting time at least). 3 weeks later is prescribed). The 15-week rule will be an effective means, both for the protection of human and animal health and against the unscrupulous trade of puppies.

Dog traffickers are organized into mafia

Switzerland is a major importer of dogs: more than half of the approximately 60,000 newly registered dogs each year come from abroad. The provision of dogs raised in Switzerland under controllable conditions and, where possible, in compliance with animal protection is far from widespread enough to meet the growing demand. Unscrupulous dog traffickers, organized like the mafia, take advantage of this loophole to sell dogs, mainly via the Internet. This lucrative trade, numbering in the millions, creates great suffering for animals in the “producing country” and in the “swiss purchasing country”. The parent dogs are raised in non-protective conditions, the bitches are sheltered in each heat period, the puppies are isolated too early from their mothers and siblings to save on breeding costs. Their immune systems usually remain weak throughout their lives. In many cases, dogs are poorly socialized, prone to trauma and have behavioral problems.

Switzerland lags behind

All EU countries have introduced the 15-week rule or are in the process of implementing it; Switzerland lags behind internationally. As the Swiss Animal Welfare Foundation’s PSA has been able to demonstrate in the past through extensive research, Switzerland has become a hotbed for the unscrupulous puppy trade. For Nicole Ruch, president of the Swiss Animal Welfare Foundation PSA, this situation is unacceptable: “Switzerland is largely responsible for the development of puppy production abroad, which This shows cruelty to animals.”

PSA asks the Federation to act quickly

The Swiss Animal Welfare PSA has highlighted the abuses associated with the unscrupulous importation of puppies and the recently published statistics clearly back them up with these figures. reliable, the Federation is called to action: it must introduce and urgently implement the 15-week rule. If it depends only on the Federation, the implementation process will be postponed for a few more years. In the next three years alone, without the 15-week rule, an estimated 45,000 puppies of unknown origin will be imported into Switzerland, with an estimated profit of at least 45 million francs for those of poor sales.

On AMICUS statistics


More information on the topic of buying dogs


PSA report “Auf den Hund gekommen: Illegal Hundehandel- und Import fördern Tierleid und Kriminalität” (PDF):


PSA online press release


Visual material



Swiss Animal Protection Agency PSA

Dornacherstrasse 101, post office box,

4018 Basel

Phone number 061 365 99 99


[email protected]


Lucia Oeschger, Master of Biology
Swiss Animal Protection Agency PSA
Specialized pet services
Cell phone 079 195 79 72
[email protected]


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