FOUR PAWS welcomes the creation of the voluntary initiative subgroup on improving health and welfare of pets (dogs) in trade, and of other new subgroups
Brussels, 21.06.2018 – The international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS is one of the members of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare launched by the EU Commission last year. Yesterday the third meeting of the Platform took place in Brussels.
FOUR PAWS welcomes the activities of the Platform as an additional forum for stakeholders to exchange views about animal welfare.
In particular, FOUR PAWS welcomes the initiative of the Dutch government to establish a new voluntary initiative subgroup on improving the health and welfare of pets (dogs) in trade, to tackle issues related to the trade in pets in Europe. Representatives of FOUR PAWS, other NGOs, independent experts, and Member State representatives had their first meeting on this topic on 19th June, and yesterday their plans were presented at the Platform meeting.
Yesterday’s meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare also offered the opportunity to present the activities of the subgroup established by the Commission on the transport of live animals.
Furthermore, a new subgroup on tail docking of pigs was launched by the Commission, while various Member States announced their intention to launch own-initiative subgroups on pig castration and fish welfare, in addition to the existing one on equidae.
FOUR PAWS is confident that the new subgroup dedicated to improving the health and welfare of pets will produce concrete proposals to improve the enforcement of EU pet legislation, and identify together with Member States effective actions to control more efficiently pet movements. “Already in 2016, through a report and a European conference, we highlighted the enforcement issues met in practice by the competent authorities, in particular in relation to the identification of dogs, and the Pet Passport and TRACES schemes”, explains Sophie Duthoit, EU Companion Animal Policy and Legal Coordinator at FOUR PAWS Europe, who is the organisation’s representative in the subgroup. “The subgroup will also be the right place to promote the enforcement of mandatory breeder registration under the upcoming Animal Health Law”, she continues.
FOUR PAWS also welcomes the progress made within the working group on extreme temperatures of the subgroup on transport. “All stakeholders have shown a very constructive attitude by sharing information on existing problems and ideas to solve them” says Adolfo Sansolini, FOUR PAWS’ representative in the subgroup on transport and in the Platform. “We also agreed that it would not be sufficient to prepare new factsheets for drivers and other recipients, therefore we will work on a parallel document too, through which we will propose a communication strategy for their effective diffusion. We will also highlight parts of the existing legislation whose enforcement is difficult, or that need changing altogether. It is our hope that the EU Commission will act on our suggestions in order to ensure that animal welfare during transport is improved through all necessary means.”
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To review the web stream of the meeting: https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/3rd-meeting-of-the-platform-on-animal-welfare