Today, by a clear majority, a Joint Motion for a Resolution on the introduction of compatible systems for the registration of pet animals across Member States was passed by the EU Parliament, during its Brussels plenary session. The motion for a resolution urges in particular the EU Commission to use the opportunity given by the Animal Health Law to introduce a delegated act on the identification and registration of dogs and cats. The motion was initially introduced by MEPs Renate Sommer and Julie Girling and was debated in Strasbourg two weeks ago. During this debate, EU Commissioner Corina Crețu revealed that the EU Commission was prepared to start preparatory work, including expert consultations for the adoption of possible delegated acts on the identification and registration of companion animals if there is a need for such an act. Later, the other political groups introduced similar Motions for a Resolution and all these texts were joined on 23rd February in a Joint Resolution which was voted on today, showing the need for such a delegated act.
Since 2010 and the establishment of an EU Canine and Feline Traceability Expert Group in the frame of the CAROdog (www.carodog.eu) and CAROcat (www.carocat.eu) projects, VIER PFOTEN/ FOUR PAWS has called for the EU mandatory identification and registration of all dogs and cats in Europe through compatible databases to reach the goal of responsible ownership, in line with Art. 13 TFEU.
"We highly welcome today’s vote as a decisive step for improvements in animal welfare for companion animals in Europe, better animal health and increased consumer protection. Implementation of a compulsory Identification and Registration system of pets in the EU will also slow down the number of companion animals abandoned each year by increasing the responsible ownership of dogs and cats."
Pierre Sultana, Director of the VIER PFOTEN/ FOUR PAWS European Policy Office
Furthermore, it is noted that the illegal trade in pet animals is estimated to be the third most profitable illegal trade in the EU after narcotics and weapons. By increasing traceability, we increase the chance to tackle the sourcing of money used for illegal activities and ensure these animals do not enter black markets.
Please find the Joint Motion here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=P8-RC-2016-0251&format=XML&language=EN
To find out more about the Plenary debate of 9th February, please read our press release here: http://www.vier-pfoten.eu/news-press/eu-related-press-releases/2016/debate-in-the-eu-parliament-on-identification-and-registration-of-companion-animals/
Please read more on the work of the EU Canine and Feline Traceability Experts Group here: http://www.carodog.eu/canine-traceability-expert-workshops/
FOUR PAWS is an international animal welfare organisation with headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Founded by Heli Dungler in 1988, the organisation strives to help animals in need with sustainable campaigns and projects. The work is based on substantiated research and scientific expertise as well as intensive national and international lobbying. FOUR PAWS focuses on animals that are directly under human influence: stray dogs and stray cats, farm animals, companion animals and wild animals including bears, big cats and orang-utans kept in inappropriate conditions. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam, FOUR PAWS aims to help animals in need directly and quickly. www.four-paws.org