The large-scale illegal sale of puppies from Eastern Europe in the Netherlands has been an open secret for years. Many dogs are sick or feeble, and their papers have been falsified regarding age and vaccinations. The average price for these puppies is €500. Some 60,000 are sold illegally in the Netherlands each year. This is a lucrative business that has been thriving for decades. Numerous state secretaries have been called to answer Parliamentary questions on the matter. The trade continues to grow and reach new levels of intensity and aggression.