EU takes major step to protect cats and dogs
Posted on 24/11/2010
Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the decision taken today by EU member state representatives to endorse Council Conclusions on the Welfare of Cats and Dogs proposed by the Belgian Presidency. This is a major step forward and will help to improve the welfare of companion animals in the European Union. It also ensures that the European Commission includes the welfare of companion animals in the development of the second EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals.
Eurogroup is content that Member States acknowledge the need for harmonised rules for the breeding of companion animals, and a compatible EU system for the registration and identification of these animals. The Council also recognised the need for more extensive education on responsible cat and dog ownership.
“The Council recognises that there are major differences in animal welfare standards across EU member states and that there is a need for concerted action. The trade in companion animals varies considerably across the Union and the risk to human health through diseases carried by animals is not controlled effectively at present,” said Véronique Schmit, Eurogroup’s Executive Officer Policy.
The Conclusions are expected to be formally adopted at next week’s Agriculture Council and Eurogroup for Animals will closely monitor this and ensure that the European Commission works diligently to put in place a second EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals that includes protective measures for companion animals.