Cats and dogs
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.
A wide range of serious welfare issues can affect dogs and cats in the European Union and some of these can affect them for large parts of, or all of their lives. We are particularly concerned about issues such as irresponsible breeding, trade and movements across borders.
As an important first step, we believe that traceability is critical to addressing a number of these issues. It would, for example, allow owners to know where their new puppy or kitten was bred. It would allow vets to know where a sick animal they are treating has come from, and it would also allow animals to be traced in the event of a disease outbreak.
This is why Eurogroup is calling for European Union legislation to require that dogs and cats are permanently identified and registered on an approved database that is accessible across the EU.
In 2013 we will need your help, so do check back to find out how you can get involved!