Second EU level conference on dog and cat welfare

On 13/11/2015, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

puppy traffickingDuring the second EU level conference on dog and cat welfare which has taken place at the Representation of Baden-Württemberg to the EU, on Thursday 12 November, the European Commission has presented the conclusions of a study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices. The full study will though not be published before the end of the year.

The conclusions suggest actions for the Member States, regarding better enforcement and information to prospective owners. They also recognise the need for systematic requirements on identification and registration across the Union.

The harmonisation of identification and registration requirements is necessary to stop the illegal trafficking of pets, which has been increasing over the past ten years, abusing the current EU Pet Travel Scheme. This poses serious threats to the health, welfare and safety of animals and humans alike.

The Animal Welfare Intergroup hopes the Member States will introduce harmonised, mandatory identification systems and requirements to provide effective cross boarder traceability. The European Commission should prepare an EU action plan against illegal trade of pets and provide guidelines for owners and prospective owners, so that they are better informed when it comes to buying or rehoming a pet.

Intergroup Vice-President, Renate Sommer will soon present a motion for a resolution which will highlight the concerns and raise the actions needed.



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