Formation of a pet sub-group within the EU Animal Welfare Platform
This voluntary initiative within the EU Platform on Animal Welfare follows a joint declaration by five EU Member States (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden) which last November called on the European Commission for action to stop the illegal trade in pet animals across the EU – particularly with regard to the smuggling of dogs across Member States.
The group will be composed of a total of 10 Member States, two business organisations, three representatives of NGOs and two independent experts. Eurogroup for Animals and the Federation of Veterinarians Europe offered to provide secretarial support. A first meeting of this sub-group is planned to take place on 20 June at the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In this occasion the members will have the opportunity to discuss a work plan and decide cooperative actions on the identification and registration of pets, as well as on registration requirements for breeders and sellers.
Giulia Tarsitano – Companion Animals Programme Officer