Welfare National Legislation across the EU’s 27 Member States

The EU Dog & Cat Alliance was established in 2014 and its main focus is improving the EU legislation in relation to dogs and cats.
The Alliance brings together different organizations from across the EU, including veterinary organizations, organizations that are involved in the rescue/rehoming of dogs and cats, and organizations that are working to protect dogs and/or cats’ welfare.

Currently, there is no EU legislation protecting cats and dogs in the context of commercial practices, only rules on transport and health requirements when moved over borders.
It is therefore left to the EU’s 27 Member States to legislate on this at the national level. Those National legislations can vary greatly across the EU.
To assess the national legislation relating to dogs and cats involved in commercial practices in the EU, the EU Dog & Cat Alliance gathered information on identification and registration, breeding, trade, and surgical mutilations from each of the EU’s 27 Member States on the basis of a list of questions.

You can read the full findings in The EU Dog & Cat Alliance report:
‘The welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices: a review of the legislation across EU countries’ here:


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