Motion for a resolution - B8-1019/2016Motion for a resolution
B8-1019/2016

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on the fight against the abandonment of animals and the encouragement of pet stores to take in abandoned domestic animals with a view to selling them

30.8.2016

pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

Dominique Bilde

B8-1019/2016

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the fight against the abandonment of animals and the encouragement of pet stores to take in abandoned domestic animals with a view to selling them

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas, each year, 60 000 animals are abandoned in France alone;

B.  whereas France has the highest number of abandoned cats and dogs in Europe and whereas, because of a lack of resources and space, animal shelters are overcrowded;

C.  whereas people prefer to buy domestic animals from pet stores or online—and given that trafficking, the third most profitable illegal industry in the world, is often involved in getting animals to the stores—and whereas almost 100 000 puppies and kittens are illegally imported into France each year;

1.  Calls on the Commission to encourage the Member States to make it a requirement for pet stores to make space for dogs and cats coming from shelters and to make the animals available for sale;

2.  Encourages the Commission to step up its fight against the illegal trafficking of domestic animals;

3.  Calls on the Commission to launch an awareness campaign to stop domestic animals from being abandoned;

4.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Council and the Member States.