Parliamentary question - O-000010/2020Parliamentary question

    Protecting the EU’s internal market and consumer rights against the negative implications of the illegal trade in companion animals

    Question for oral answer  O-000010/2020
    to the Council
    Rule 136
    Stanislav Polčák, Sylwia Spurek, Martin Hojsík, Alexandra Louise Rosenfield Phillips, Jadwiga Wiśniewska, Anja Hazekamp, Eleonora Evi
    on behalf of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

    Procedure : 2019/2814(RSP)
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    O-000010/2020 (B9-0003/2020)
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    Each year a significant number of companion animals are illegally traded across the Member States, often by abusing Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals to move them across borders for sale, which should be done under Council Directive 92/65/EEC.

    The trafficking of companion animals has negative implications on public health, animal welfare and consumer protection. It has become a major source of income for international organised crime gangs and affects the smooth functioning of the EU’s internal market through lost taxes and unfair competition, particularly with the increase in the online sale of companion animals, which is poorly regulated both nationally and under EU law. Indeed, some NGOs estimate that an illegal breeder selling pedigree dogs across borders could be making a profit of over EUR 100 000 per annum.

    In this context, we would welcome answers from the Council to the following questions:

    What actions are the Member States taking between themselves to better coordinate their identification and registration systems for dogs and cats, as requested in Parliament’s resolution of 25 February 2016 on the introduction of compatible systems for the registration of pet animals across Member States (2016/2540(RSP)), including under the auspices of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare?

    What is the timeline for those actions?

    Submitted: 24/01/2020

    Lapses: 25/04/2020

    Last updated: 10 November 2020
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