Compulsory identiﬁcation & registration (I&R) of dogs and cats across the EU
Dogs and cats may be moved between Member States or imported from third countries for trade purposes as well as for reasons such as rehoming, participation in shows or exhibitions, holidays with their owners or relocation with their owner to another country. Although a great majority of EU countries have compulsory I&R for dogs, without a system for the identiﬁcation and registration which is accessible across the EU, there is currently little traceability when animals are moved over borders. This can pose a risk to both human and animal health and welfare. Compulsory identiﬁcation and registration would provide traceability in the event of disease outbreak and would also help to tackle the illegal trade in dogs and cats in the EU.
We are calling for EU legislation requiring the compulsory permanent identiﬁcation and registration of owned dogs and cats on a national database, which is linked to an EU database. The new EU Animal Health Law provides framework legislation under which this could be introduced.