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Eurotunnel's new policy could cost the lives of hundreds of rescue animals

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Following complaints received by Eurotunnel, the cross-channel company has levied sterner restrictions, which could stop hundreds of pets from joining their forever homes.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 24/11/2020, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

In a statement issued on its website, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle announced that with immediate effect the number of dogs allowed to be brought to the UK by non-charity persons will be capped at five per vehicle.

The cap applies to most animals being transferred from France to Great Britain, but excludes animals travelling for slaughter or for competitions.

The company’s announcement follows what a spokesperson said is a “recent increase in the number of vehicles arriving at our terminal carrying large numbers of animals.”

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Honest rescuers paying the price

Up until now, well-meaning dog rescuers who wished to rescue dogs and bring them to the UK for rehoming faced no limit to the number of wards they could fit in a car or truck. However, this leniency has given carte blanche to less-than-scrupulous ‘rescuers’ who choose to cram animals into inhumane and often dangerous voids in order to maximise profit at the end of the line. The restrictions do not apply to DEFRA-approved transport booked by registered charities.

Eurotunnel’s decision however has been met with a mixed response. According to i News, the change of policy will cost animal lives. Helping Dogs in Romania told i News the new rules will hit hard small rescue groups that do not qualify as charities.