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

Whilst the EU Dog & Cat Alliance welcomes the requirements under the new Delegated Regulation regarding animal health requirements for movements within the Union of terrestrial animals (under the Animal Health Law), we remain 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). 

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" [1].

We are calling for new provisions to protect the welfare of dogs and cats in transport to be introduced in Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations as part of this revision.

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