Canada shuts door on Ukrainian puppy shipments


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) takes its mandate for protecting animal welfare very seriously.

Following the CFIA’s investigation into a large shipment of puppies from Ukraine, the CFIA has decided to cancel import permits for all commercial puppies under 8 months of age from Ukraine.

Effective July 6, 2020, the CFIA will no longer issue new permits for the importation of commercial dogs under 8 months of age from Ukraine.

“The CFIA’s decision is based on investigation findings of possible failures to comply with import requirements, including animal welfare concerns. These actions will remain in effect until the CFIA is satisfied that import conditions and international transport standards are in place and that animals will travel safely in the future,” said an official statement.

The move follows the horror last month at Toronto Pearson airport when a consignment of puppies were found to have suffered a horrendous death rate on the journey from Kiev.