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Parliamentary questions
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4 May 2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001370/2018

The Commission has no plan to add specific welfare requirements for transporting dogs and cats in addition to those already laid down in Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport(1). The reason for this is that, as indicated in a Study on the impact of the regulation published in 2011(2), there is a general issue with the proper implementation of existing legislative requirements for dogs and cats.

In addition to establishing the sub-group of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare referred to by the Honourable Member, the Commission has taken a number of initiatives to assist Member States in order to better implement the already existing requirements. Concerning dogs and cats, these initiatives include: discussions at meetings of the national contact points on animal welfare during transport, Better Training for Safer Food(3) events on ‘Controls on commercial and non-commercial movements of cats and dogs’ and a study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices(4).

(1)Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 of 22 December 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.
(2)Specific Contract SANCO/2010/D5/S12.574298: https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/animals/docs/aw_practice_trans_study_report_en.pdf
(4)Specific Contract SANCO 2013/12364: https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/animals/docs/aw_eu-strategy_study_dogs-cats-commercial-practices_en.pdf

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