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Parliamentary questions
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1 December 2014
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-007896/2014

The Honourable Member is invited to refer to the answers to written questions E-008449/2010, E-008228/2010, E-007168/2012 and E-006489/2013(1), which address the issues of trade in puppies, their protection during transport and EU competence on this matter.

In the context of the EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals 2012-2015(2), the Commission decided to perform a study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices. In the light of this study, which is expected to be finalised in early 2015, the Commission will consider if further action is necessary in order to improve animal welfare and to increase transparency and adequacy of information to consumers.

Where dogs are subject to trade between Member States, the animal health and welfare condition laid down in Directive 92/65/EEC(3) apply. These conditions require, inter alia, a clinical examination of the dogs by an authorised veterinarian before dispatch and an official veterinary certificate attesting that at the time of inspection the animals were in good health and fit to be transported on the intended journey in accordance with the rules on the protection of animals during transport(4).

(2)COM(2012) 6 final.
(3)cf. Article 10(2) and Annex E Part 1 of Council Directive 92/65/EEC of 13.7.1992 laying down animal health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of animals, semen, ova and embryos not subject to animal health requirements laid down in specific Community rules referred to in Annex A (I) to Directive 90/425/EEC (OJ L 268, 14.9.1992, p. 54).
(4)Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 of 22.12.2004 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations and amending Directives 64/432/EEC and 93/119/EC and Regulation (EC) No 1255/97 (OJ L 3, 5.1.2005, p. 1).

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