Eurogroup pleased that EU Commission committed to building a Europe that cares for companion animals
Posted on 28/10/2013
Eurogroup is pleased to be actively involved in the European Commission’s first conference on the welfare of cats and dogs that takes place in Brussels today. This conference provides an opportunity for all interested stakeholders - government authorities, NGOs and those with a professional or personal interest - to discuss the situation regarding the breeding and trade in cats and dogs in the EU and to encourage the European Commission to take action.
There are various welfare issues that can be associated with the breeding and trade of companion animals. This includes issues relating to breeding in unsuitable environments, selective breeding, online trade and trade across borders, all of which can pose a risk to animal welfare.Currently it is left to Member States to legislate on dog and cat welfare, except for some very specific legislation related to the movement of pet animals across national borders. Eurogroup believes that this results in varying standards across Member States, presenting welfare issues which cause animal suffering as a consequence.
Eurogroup will highlight this situation at the conference, present the problems seen by our Member Organisations across the EU and will urge the Commission to resolve this by taking immediate action.
“We hope that the European Commission will listen to our demands and the discussions today as well as the results of its own study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices and come forward with concrete proposals that will protect these animals and raise standards across the EU,” said Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals.
“We hope that this landmark event will be the first step in the development of EU policies to protect the welfare of dogs and cats involved in breeding and trade and put a stop to unscrupulous breeding and trade with little respect for the animals involved” she concluded.