Can the Commission clarify whether there is an appropriate EU database for the identification and registration of cats and dogs that allows traceability, so as to help protect animal health and welfare and public health and improve consumer protection?
Can the Commission clarify whether there is a system for identifying and registering dogs and cats that is accessible across the EU and that allows traceability when animals are moved across borders, such that the transportation of animals, and the conditions of such transports, can be controlled?
The identification of dogs and cats is regulated at EU level where those animals are accompanying their owners across Member States’ borders for non-commercial purposes or intended for intra-Union trade. The registration of identified dogs and cats is however not regulated at EU level and this issue thus falls under the competence of the Member States. In some Member States the registration of dogs or cats is mandatory and a national database is in place while in other Member States this issue is not regulated. With respect to the issue of an EU database for identification and registration of cats and dogs the Commission would refer to its replies to the previous Written Questions E-8449/2010, E-004247/2012, E-007168/2012 and E-004938/2013.