European Parliament backs compromise text on the non-commercial movement of pet animals
Posted on 24/05/2013
The European Parliament adopted yesterday a compromise text for a new Regulation on the non-commercial movement of pet animals. As part of the review, we are very pleased that the Commission has committed to assessing the feasibility and appropriateness of a registration system for dogs and cats across EU Member States. Eurogroup believes that this would be a huge step forward for pet welfare in the EU, as identifying animals without the requirement to also register them is of little value.
The main purpose of the review of the legislation was to make the rules on pet movement clearer and simpler, and so there will be some changes to the current rules. Although we believe that some of the changes offer weaker protection to pets than the current legislation, we welcome other aspects. We are pleased that Member States will be required to provide clear online information to the public on the rules for pet travel in the EU.
We also welcome the fact that the maximum limit of five animals for non-commercial movements will remain, although with a derogation for certain animals over 6 months of age. We believe this is important to minimize the risk of pets fraudulently being moved for trade purposes under this Regulation.
The new legislation will now need to be adopted by the Council of the European Union and will come into force 18 months after it is published in the EU Official Journal. Meanwhile, Eurogroup will continue to call for the compulsory identification and registration of dogs and cats on a database which is accessible across the EU. This would help to address issues relating to the illegal trade of puppies, and would also allow traceability in the event of disease outbreak.