Publication - Research publication

Sourcing of pet dogs from illegal importation and puppy farms 2016-2017: scoping research

Published: 9 Nov 2017
Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate
Part of:
Farming and rural, Research

The report describes research into the scale of the trade in imported and illegally bred puppies.

Sourcing of pet dogs from illegal importation and puppy farms 2016-2017: scoping research
Appendix III: Interview Schedule

Appendix III: Interview Schedule

1. Professional and Agency Role

  • What is your role in the puppy trade/in responding to the illegal/grey trade?
  • SWOT in role/agency?
  • Who do you work with in this role?

2. Key Agencies/Strategies

  • Who/what are the key agencies involved in responding to the illegal puppy trade/puppy farms in Scotland?
  • What are the main strategies in place ( e.g. PETS scheme, Balai directive)?
  • Do these work - SWOT (policy, enforcement, resources, etc.)
  • Does non-commercial trade (or other trade) provide loopholes for this trade?

3. Multi-agency work

  • Experience of co-operation and co-ordination among stakeholders in and outside Scotland (who, where, what)?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches?
  • Examples of successful and unsuccessful cross-border co-operation within the UK and outside the UK

4. The trade /unregulated farms

  • Understanding of the nature and scale of the trade/farms? How much is undetected/reported/recorded?
  • Understanding of the main problems in the trade/farms?
  • Where does it take place (online/specific locations - motorway stations)?

5. Understanding consumer behaviour:

  • Who are the consumers - of legal/illegal/grey?
  • o What is your experience of these consumers/what are they looking for/how do they access the dogs?
  • Are there specific locations/areas where this is more problematic?
  • Have you identified strategies which successfully change consumer behaviour?
  • What else can be done to change consumer behaviour?
  • How best to access these consumers for the focus groups?

6. Extending Research to the UK

  • Do you think similar research is needed in E&W? Why, what would the benefits be?