Study on the welfare of dogs and cats in the EU

The Directorate General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission (DG SANCO) recently launched a study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices in the EU Member States.
The aim of the study is to collect and analyse information on the breeding, keeping and trade of dogs and cats in the EU, including import and export. The study focuses on the economic development of the pet sector, the welfare of dogs and cats and the protection of EU citizens, both from financial damage and health risks. The study will assess if there is a need for EU measures to improve the situation, such as information and education campaigns, technical support for stakeholders and authorities, or EU legislation.
Different online questionnaires are addressed to a variety of stakeholders such as veterinarians, breeders, NGOs or dog and cat shelters, in order to collect the information. Moreover, the opinions and experiences of EU citizens will also be investigated.
This is the first EU study ever carried out on such a topic, so CAROcat would like to ask you to circulate the information to everyone you may think could contribute.
Deadline is the end of the month of July so please, simply click on Study on the Welfare of Dogs and Cats , select your language and answer the questionnaire.

European Commission