A decision calling for motion to be taken in opposition to unlawful pet trafficking to guard animal welfare, customers and public well being was adopted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 12 February.
MEPs voted with an awesome majority to assist the movement demanding an EU-wide motion plan to assist finish the unlawful pet commerce by bringing in a variety of measures, akin to a compulsory Identification and Registration system, in addition to higher enforcement of the legislation and harder deterrents.
Responsibilities needs to be clearly outlined to incorporate the European Commission, Member States, veterinary professionals, civil society organisations, in addition to authorities together with border and customs management, MEPs agreed, and there needs to be a better emphasis on adopting, fairly than buying, companion animals.
EU Dog & Cat Alliance Chairwoman Suzie Carley mentioned: “Each year a worrying number of pets are illegally traded in the EU and mis-sold to unsuspecting animal lovers who think they’re getting a happy, healthy pet. Dishonest sellers are exploiting pet movement laws to make quick profits, with little or no regard for animal welfare or the threat this poses to public health. The Alliance has been calling for urgent action and we hope to work with the European Commission, European Parliament and Member States to build a better Europe for dogs and cats.”
The decision follows the Council of the EU publishing draft conclusions on animal welfare in December, which request the Commission considers new laws masking canine and cats stored for monetary achieve.
The Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety is asking for the decision to now be handed on to the Council of the EU and European Commission for motion to be taken.
Martin Hojsik MEP, who sits on the Committee, mentioned: “This is a significant step in the fight against the illegal pet trade and now we hope the Council and Commission will continue to progress the resolution. We want to see positive action, including from Member States, to make the Committee’s recommendations a reality, by working in tandem with the EU Dog & Cat Alliance.”
About EU Dog and Cat Alliance
The EU Dog & Cat Alliance was launched in 2014. The Alliance presently represents nearly 90 organizations throughout the EU. Together, it’s working to enhance companion animal welfare and construct a greater Europe for canine and cats. Its membership encompasses veterinary organisations, rescue and rehoming organizations, and different organisations working to guard companion animal welfare. This offers the Alliance a singular set of experience to co-ordinate and facilitate dialogue between the EU establishments (European Commission, Parliament and Council), civil societies, specialists and different stakeholders.