On February 12, at Plenary session in Strasbourg, Members of the European Parliament, with a large majority of votes, adopted a non-binding resolution on protecting the EU’s internal market and consumer rights against the negative implications of the illegal trade in companion animals (2019/2814(RSP)). As an estimated 46,000 dogs are traded every month between EU countries, most of them being unregistered. This calls for a mandatory EU system to register cats and dogs, better enforcement and tougher sanctions for illegal trading and encouragement of citizens to adopt, rather than purchase.
Better regulation of online pet trade is also a concern that FECAVA deals with together with other veterinary organisations. Read the joint position paper of the FVE, UEVP, FECAVA and international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS, addressed to the European Commission.
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