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MEPs call for stricter measures to stop illegal pet trade
The resolution called for a common EU definition of puppy and kitten farms.

EU-wide action plan encourages universal crackdown

The environment, public health and food safety committee have adopted a resolution which demands action to tackle the illegal trafficking of pets.

Recognising the negative impact that the illegal pet trade has on animal welfare, public health and consumer protection, the European Parliament also wants to clamp down on the affect that the trade has on the function of the EU internal market.

The decision is informed by strong public support for the improvement of animal welfare. According to a public opinion pole by the European Commission, 74 per cent of EU citizens believe that companion animals should be better protected.

Adopted on Tuesday 21 January, the resolution calls for a series of actions to address the illegal pet trade, including:

  • an EU-wide Action Plan, which outlines the necessary responsibilities to address the illegal trade in companion animals
  • a Commission proposal to set up an EU-wide mandatory identification and registration system for cats and dogs
  • a common definition of puppy and kitten farms in the EU
  • better communication, cooperation and training for customs and veterinary authorities
  • improved enforcement of animal welfare laws and tougher sanctions against suppliers of false pet passports.

The committee also expressed the need for EU breeding rules for pets, along with registers of authorised breeders and sellers, and the importance of encouraging the public to adopt rather than buy.

MEPs are expected to vote on the resolution at the plenary in February.

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Government to run free webinars on exporting horses

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 The UK government has announced that it will be running two free webinars for horse owners and exporters, explaining what steps to take to export horses from 1 January 2021.

The first webinar will take place on Tuesday 20 October 2020, from 9.30am to 11am. It will cover Export Health Certificate (EHC) requirements from 1 January 2021. Click here to register.

The second webinar will take place on Wednesday 4 November 2020, from 10.30am to 12pm. This session will focus on the steps that businesses need to take to export equines from the UK to the EU. Click here to register.

For more information on exporting horses and ponies after 1 January 2021, please visit the gov.uk website. 

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The finding represents a further seven cases confirmed by Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute. A Central Crisis Team has been established to coordinate the response to the outbreak.