EU Petition on breeding of unhealthy traits in animals (dogs)

Petition No.1071/2014 by Linda Mäki-Sulkava (Finnish) on breeding of unhealthy traits in animals (dogs) 

Summary of petition: The petition draws attention to the fact that while there are laws on animal welfare and diseases, these laws relate to production animals, not pets. The petitioner states that unhealthy traits are generally accepted in cats and dogs, when the same traits are considered a developmental handicap in production animals. The petition cites dog breeding which has given rise to short noses, excessive hanging skin, and distortion of structural proportions, such as over-heavy bones. She lists many dog breeds which have precisely these unhealthy afflictions. The petition proposes that the laws on animal welfare be revised. 

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Please find here the EP Resolution and consolidated text voted in plenary on September 8th 2015:


Original legislative proposal of the EU Commission


Rapporteur:  BUŞOI Cristian-Silviu (IMCO)

Shadow rapporteur:  SCHALDEMOSE Christel, DALTON Daniel, TØRNÆS Ulla, ŠOLTES Igor and ZULLO Marco


EU Petition on the abolition of Council Regulation No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing

The applicant Julita Boucher (French) has submitted a EU Petition No 1085/2014 on the abolition of Council Regulation No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing

Summary of the Petition:

In her very detailed petition, the petitioner demands the abolition of this regulation since it authorises in its article 4 the killing of animals without prior stunning on religious grounds. According to her, this measure breaches the main purpose of the regulation, which is to protect the animals from pain and fear during the killing process. She mentions that the internal inconsistency of this regulation has already been underlined by the Economic and Social Committee1 in its opinion on the proposal of this regulation, and that it also provided modern solutions to combine religious rituals with prior stunning. She estimates it all the more regrettable as there are abuses of this derogation for ritual purposes, with a generalisation of this practice even for the meat destined to the majority of citizens (without an adequate labelling informing them of this practice), as a resolution of the Parliament stated in 2012 (art.49).2 Finally, she mentions as an example of balancing animal protection and religious practices the European Court of Human Rights case law.3



3 In particular the ruling Cha'are Shalow Ve Tsedek v. France (2000) 

Please find here the complete text: