The EU only has competence to legislate in certain areas, such as consumer protection, public health or on the functioning of the internal EU market. The EU Dog and Cat Alliance therefore focuses on issues which can impact these areas, and which also affect the health and welfare of millions of dogs and cats in the EU.
Issues we're working on
Commercial Breeding and Trade
When puppies and kittens are bred for commercial purposes, welfare standards can vary widely between breeders. This can result in serious welfare issues and, in many cases, high costs for 'consumers'.
Movements Across Borders
Dogs and cats may be moved between EU Member States or imported from third countries for trade purposes. They may also be moved for other reasons such as movements for rehoming, participation in shows or exhibitions, holidays with their owners or relocating with their owner to another country.
Veterinary Medicines and Medicated Feed
Over this parliamentary term, the EU legislation on Veterinary Medicines and Medicated Feed will be reviewed. The current licensing system for veterinary medicines in Europe may be rigorous, but it is also complex and a lack of alignment between Member States implementing the legislation can add bureaucracy and lead to inefficiencies