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Parliamentary questions
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28 June 2010
Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-3209/2010

There is no EU harmonised veterinary legislation on animal welfare of dogs, except if they are transported in the framework of an economic activity(1). This matter remains under the sole responsibility of the Member States.

The Commission has actively supported the work performed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to develop specific guidelines for the control of stray dog populations and for promoting its implementation. These guidelines were adopted by the 175 OIE Member Countries at the last OIE General Session in May 2009.

However, the EU has no competence to intervene in the enforcement of national measures taken by a country which is not a member of the European Union, as regards welfare of dogs or illegal marketing of dog meat.

(1)Animal transport is regulated by Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations (OJ L 3, 5.1.2005, p. 1).

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