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DG SANCO Study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices

While the European Union (EU) has legislation on certain health requirements for intra-EU trade on cats and dogs, there is an absence of EU legislation on broader aspects of their welfare. At the national level there is wide variation in animal welfare legislation across the Member States. The recent EU conference on the welfare of dogs and cats in the EU observed that the rise in the lucrative trade of cats and dogs has brought problems such as genetic selection, puppy farming, mutilation and inhumane disposal, but there is currently no harmonised EU legislation to address the welfare concerns.

The overall objective of this DG SANCO study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices is to determine the extent to which the EU should take specific measures on the welfare

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