It is estimated that there are around 60 million owned dogs and 64 million owned cats in the European Union, but there is currently very little EU legislation to protect their welfare. National legislation can vary greatly, with some countries having strict legislation to protect dogs and cats and others having very little at all. This means that whilst many dogs and cats in the EU are loved and cared for as members of the family, the way in which they are treated can vary greatly across Europe.
Check out our campaigns to find out what we're doing to improve Animal Welfare Standards within the European Union and take action!
EU rules on live animal transport need a complete overhaul - demand Eurogroup for Animals following the publication in November 2011 of a European Commission report on the impact of the Transport legislation on the sector and on the welfare of animals.
There are three areas where you can be active and influential. Lobbying requires a coordinated approach and we have tried to provide some background information that will help you make the right contact and be effective;