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2016: Identification, vaccination and movement of dogs and cats in the EU

2016-05-11

How can the Pet Passport and TRACES systems be improved?

Brussels, 21 and 22 June 2016
Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU

The conference is organised by the international animal welfare organisation VIER PFOTEN/ FOUR PAWS and the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU, in partnership with the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE).
On the occasion of the publication of a report related to transponders, vaccination, TRACES and Pet Passport prepared by VIER PFOTEN with the help of Planet ID, the goal of this conference is to present in great detail specifi c technical problems. Such problems have never been highlighted before at the EU level. The conference will also suggest possible solutions to improve EU legislation, and present the tools that are already in use at the EU level and in the Member States for the traceability of cats and dogs, and to improve animal health and welfare.


The report entitled "Identifi cation, Vaccination and Movement of dogs and cats in Europe" has been prepared by the European Policy Offi ce of VIER PFOTEN/FOUR PAWS, in collaboration with Dr. med. vet. Sven Hüther, Director of Planet ID and ISO expert for Germany. It aims to demonstrate by means of practical examples and field research the existing gaps in the EU’s identifi cation system and schemes for the movement of dogs and cats in Europe (Pet Passport and TRACES system) that can undermine their goals of protecting the health of animals and humans in Europe. The overall goal of this report is to raise awareness on the urgent need to improve the existing offi cial systems, not to reject them, and to reach a harmonised and sustainable system of identifi cation and registration of all dogs and cats in Europe.


The conference will permit an open discussion between government representatives, veterinarians, lawyers, politicians and NGOs of several member States on the problems met in practice with the current EU system of Identifi cation, vaccination and movement of dogs and cats. We hope that at the end of the conference all the experts can agree on common measures to adopt, in order to improve the Pet Passport and the TRACES systems.


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Brochure

Please find here the brochure, including the agenda:

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Presentations

INTRODUCTION

EU animal health rules for moving dogs and cats into a Member State from another
Dr Hélène Klein, DG SANTE


Dogs and Cats' traceability in Europe: history

Sophie Duthoit, VIER PFOTEN/ FOUR PAWS European Policy Office

 

Presentation of European Parliament’s work on pets’ traceability
Dr Renate Sommer, MEP, European Parliament

PART 1: THE FAILED HARMONISATION OF THE IDENTIFICATION OF COMPANION ANIMALS
Transponders code, ISO norms, manufacturer code and country codes
Dr Sven Hüther, Planet ID

 

Identification as the guarantee for proper vaccination and animal health
Dr Nancy De Briyne, Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE)

Dr Ann Criel, FECAVA


The need for identification and registration of companion animals in shelters
Dr Paolo Dalla Villa, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise (IZSAM)

PART 2: THE LIMITS OF THE PET PASSPORT
The Pet Passport, a non-life time document
Joe Moran, Eurogroup for Animals

 

The Belgian tentative to transform the Pet Passport into a lifetime document: The ECJ Case Law

Els Vanautryve, Cabinet of the Flemish Minister

The vaccination proof into the Pet passport: the growing issue with counterfeited stickers

Karen Bresard, MSD/Intervet, Global Security Group

 

The conflict between the Pet Passport and the National Health Booklet, Example of Czech Republic
MVDr. Martina Načeradská, Veterinarian

 

The use of the EuroPetNet system to detect frauds
Michel Schoffeniels, EuroPetNet

PART 3: THE INCLUSION OF COMPANION ANIMALS IN THE TRACES SYSTEM
Introduction to the TRACES system: How does it work for companion animals ?
Magdalena Gajdzińska, VIER PFOTEN, European Policy Office

 

The difference of interpretation of Regulation 1/2005 between Member States: does it also apply to companion animals?
Jeff Segers, Skyfast

 

The refusal of some national authorities to let NGOs use TRACES: The case of Greece, The recent EU case-law Pfotenhilfe Ungarn
Irini Molfessi, Panhellenic Animal Welfare Federation

 

Illustration of the difficulties met in practice by two practical cases
Sophie Duthoit, VIER PFOTEN

Conclusion of the day,
Julie Sanders (VIER PFOTEN) and Adolfo Sansolini (Animal Welfare and Trade)

 

RECOMMENDATIONS AND SOLUTIONS

Possible solutions at the EU level within the animal health law and the dog and cat survey
Christian Juliusson, EU Parliament

 

Presentation of the recommendations of the report
Go further: Presentation of roadmaps and concrete measures for an EU wide

Identification and Registration of dogs and cats
Pierre Sultana, on behalf of the CARO EU Canine and Feline Traceability Experts group


The Report

Please find here the Report on identification, vaccination and movement of dogs and cats in Europe.

 

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In English:

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