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Parliamentary questions
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4 February 2015
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: P-000091/2015

With respect to puppy smuggling and illegal trade in pet animals, the Commission would refer to its replies to the previous Written Questions E‐004525/2008, E‐003787/2009, E‐006868/2010, E-8449/2010, E‐002270/2011, E‐003343/2011, E‐006602/2011, E‐006808/2011, P-002142/2012, E-004247/2012, E-007168/2012 and E-005475/2013(1).

The Commission is aware that trade in and imports of dogs can be fraudulently disguised as non-commercial movement. To prevent such practices which might pose animal health risks the European Parliament and the Council have decided to include in Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 a stronger legal base for Member States’ controls of the cross-border movements of pet animals and to fix in that regulation a maximum number of pet animals that may accompany their owner.

However, Member States are responsible for the implementation of the EU legislation and the performance of official controls. The findings of the audits carried out by the Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office to verify compliance with EU legislation and the responses of the Member States to the recommendations contained therein can be consulted at the website of the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety(2). This website also hosts an overview report(3) concerning audits performed between 2010 and 2012 on import controls carried out at import points other than border inspection posts, such as travellers’ points of entry for pet animals.


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