Animal protection organisations have counted many thousands of cases in Spain of pets being abandoned. They calculate that at least 200 000 were abandoned last year. Furthermore, this shocking figure represents an additional problem for the public administration authorities, which have to spend resources on rescuing these animals and rehabilitating them. In this regard a citizens’ initiative has gathered over 280 000 signatures to date calling for substantial changes to the applicable regulations.
1. Does the Commission propose to implement any strategy regarding the well-being of pets?
2. Does the Commission intend to draw up a Directive to support the fight against the ill-treatment and abandonment of pets?
A: Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission (29.7.2015) In the context of the EU animal welfare strategy 2012-20151 the Commission commissioned a study on cats and dogs involved in commercial practices. The results are still under evaluation and will be properly considered by the Commission within the limits of its mandate.