Puppy farms are similar to factory farms in which dogs are bred purely for profit. The dogs are normally forced to breed too often, and many of the puppies are unhealthy, frequently living in unbearably poor conditions. The puppies are generally removed from their mothers far too early and sent by train or van to dealers or directly to pet shops to meet public demand. Many of the puppies are severely traumatised by the transition, and some do not make it alive.
What actions will the EU take to stop the puppy farming trade?
The Honourable Member is invited to refer to the answers to written questions E-008449/2010, E-008228/2010, E-007168/2012 and E-006489/2013, which address the issues of trade in puppies, their protection during transport and EU competence on this matter.
In the context of the EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals 2012-2015, the Commission decided to perform a study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices. In the light of this study, which is expected to be finalised in early 2015, the Commission will consider if further action is necessary in order to improve animal welfare and to increase transparency and adequacy of information to consumers.
Where dogs are subject to trade between Member States, the animal health and welfare condition laid down in Directive 92/65/EEC apply. These conditions require, inter alia, a clinical examination of the dogs by an authorised veterinarian before dispatch and an official veterinary certificate attesting that at the time of inspection the animals were in good health and fit to be transported on the intended journey in accordance with the rules on the protection of animals during transport.