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B7-0341/2012

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PV 04/07/2012 - 7.14
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P7_TA(2012)0291

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Wednesday, 4 July 2012 - Strasbourg Final edition
Establishment of an EU legal framework for the protection of pets and stray animals
P7_TA(2012)0291B7-0341/2012

European Parliament resolution of 4 July 2012 on the establishment of an EU legal framework for the protection of pets and stray animals (2012/2670(RSP))

The European Parliament ,

–  having regard to the large number of petitions from EU citizens requesting the establishment of an EU legal framework for the protection of pets and stray animals (1613/2010, 1274/2011, 1321/2011, 1377/2011, 1412/2011 and others),

–  having regard to the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals (CETS No 125),

–  having regard to Rule 202(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas Article 13 of the TFEU stipulates that, since animals are sentient beings, the Union and the Member States must pay full regard to their welfare requirements;

B.  whereas there is no EU legislation for the protection of pets and stray animals, despite the fact that the EU’s pet population is estimated at over one hundred million;

C.  whereas the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals has not yet been signed by all Member States;

D.  whereas pets and stray animals are victims of mistreatment and cruelty in many Members States, and whereas the petitioners mainly refer to Member States in southern and eastern Europe;

1.  Calls on the European Union and the Member States to ratify the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals and to transpose its provisions into national legal systems;

2.  Calls on the Commission to put forward an EU legal framework for the protection of pets and stray animals, including:

   rules for the identification and registration of animals,
   stray animal management strategies, including vaccination and sterilisation programmes,
   measures to promote responsible ownership,
   the prohibition of unlicensed kennels and shelters,
   the prohibition of the killing of stray animals without medical indication,
   information and educational programmes in schools on animal welfare,
   severe sanctions to be imposed on any Member State which fails to comply with the rules;

3.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and the Commission.

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