Specific requirements for dogs and cats to be added under the protection of animals during transport legislation

Specific requirements for dogs and cats to be added under the protection of animals during transport legislation

The EU Dog & Cat Alliance is extremely concerned that the welfare of dogs and cats is not adequately protected by the current EU legislation on the welfare of animals during transport (Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005).

Since the implementation of Regulation 1/2005, there has been a significant increase in the distance travelled by dogs and cats transported commercially. According to the Commission’s 2015 study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices, in 2014 the TRACES system registered 20,779 dogs and 2,287 cats involved in intra-EU trade, though the same study estimated that around 46,000 dogs are traded between EU Member States every month [1]. 

In 2020, as part of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, the European Commission announced plans to revise EU legislation on animal welfare, including animal transport, to "align it with the latest scientific evidence, broaden its scope, make it easier to enforce and ultimately ensure a higher level of animal welfare" [2]. It is crucial that EU legislative provisions take new learnings based on scientific evidence on the possible effects of long-distance transportation on dog and cat welfare into account. 

We are calling for Regulation 1/2005 to be expanded to sufficiently cover dogs and cats transported in the EU in connection with an economic activity as part of the wider revision of existing EU animal welfare legislation.

[1] https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/animals/docs/aw_eu-strategy_study_dogs-catscommercial-practices_en.pdf

[2] https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/safety/docs/f2f_action-plan_2020_strategy-info_en.pdf