Who is the EU’s top pet?

Posted: 31/8/2017

EU Dog & Cat Alliance launches new competition for MEPs and officials ahead of parliamentary event

This September, the EU Dog & Cat Alliance is launching a new competition for MEPs and EU officials to find the EU’s “top dog or cat” ahead of a European Parliament reception to discuss the increasing issues around the online sale of pets.

The EU Dog & Cat Alliance is running the competition to encourage conversation around the online sale of pets ahead of the special event taking place at the European Parliament on Wednesday 27th September.

The event, ‘Better Regulation of the Online Sale ...

Estonian Presidency Must Seize Chance to Tackle Illegal Trade in Companion Animals

Posted 22/3/2017

The EU Dog & Cat Alliance welcomes the letter from 8 Estonian MPs and 1 MEP to the Estonian Government, calling upon it to propose an EU Action Plan to tackle the illegal trade in companion animals, as well as introduce compulsory identification and registration of pets in Europe, as a topic when they take on the Presidency of the Council of the EU in July.

Estonia has the opportunity to be a leader in Europe by placing this highly lucrative illegal trade on the agenda of the EU and calling for a coordinated European approach to address it. Unscrupulous offenders are exploiting the EU Pet Travel scheme, discrepancies in pet legislation, welfare standards and prices among Member States with very scant repercussions, including through online sales, and to the detriment of hundreds of thousands of animals each year.

The welfare of cats and dogs is a very prominent topic for many of the EU’s citizens; 18% of households own a dog and 26 ...

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