MEPs want EU to make identification of animals compulsory

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MEPs voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday in favour of a compulsory continent-wide system of identification for cats and dogs.

The proposal is contained in a non-binding resolution calling for measures against the illegal trade in domestic animals that members of the European Parliament adopted by 607 votes to 3, with 19 abstentions.

In addition to a European system of identification of cats and dogs, the resolution calls on the EU to come up with a common definition of large-scale commercial animal-rearing establishments, more effective enforcement of regulations and stiffer sanctions. It also seeks to encourage the adoption, rather than purchase, of companion animals.

To protect animal welfare, pet owners and public health, MEPs called for an EU Action Plan to end illegal trade in companion animals.

With 607 votes for, 3 votes against and 19 abstentions, MEPs on Wednesday adopted a non-binding resolution demanding action against illegal trade in pets that causes animal to suffer, spreads diseases, and generates high revenues for organised international crime.

MEPs are calling for measures, such as:

  • a mandatory EU system to register cats and dogs,
  • an EU definition of large-scale commercial breeding facilities, known as puppy mills,
  • improved law enforcement and tougher sanctions, and
  • encouraging people to adopt, rather than purchase, pets.


Via Brussels Times/ European Parliament

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