Last week the European Parliament voted on the resolution on the introduction of compatible systems for the registration of pet animals across Member States.
Paula Boyden, Dogs Trust Veterinary Director says:
“Dogs Trust welcomes the inclusion of this timely topic on the European Parliament’s agenda and is pleased to see the illegal importation of puppies in the EU starting to be addressed. The EU Dog & Cat Alliance, of which Dogs Trust is a member, has been working with MEPs to highlight the need for compulsory permanent identification and registration of dogs and cats on an appropriate database.
"Whilst we support the general principle of the Resolution, Dogs Trust would have liked to have seen a more explicit call in the Resolution for registration to be on a database which is accessible across the EU. This will allow greater traceability that will help to protect animal health and welfare, public health and improve consumer protection. The Resolution is welcome as it adds to the growing number of voices urging the European Commission and Member States to address the issue of illegal importation of puppies and to recognise the added value of a concerted EU response to an issue that affects such a large number of Member States.”
To read Dogs Trust's full investigation into puppy smuggling, click here.