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

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 "Identification, 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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Please find here the brochure, including the agenda:




The Report

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


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