Illegal online pet sales – the case for self-regulation
Hosted by Pavel Poc MEP
Tuesday 27 November | 17:00 to 20:00 | European Parliament
The EU Dog and Cat Alliance welcomes you to join its annual reception, focusing on issues associated with buying companion animals via online advertisements – a practice that has rocketed in recent years, leading to hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats being advertised for sale online on any given day.
Online pet sales are unregulated, so it is difficult for consumers to know whether the individuals behind these online advertisements are legitimate or unscrupulous dealers. Evidence suggests many of the animals advertised are bred in poor conditions and smuggled across borders illegally – with health and welfare concerns of secondary importance to the profits generated.
The EU Dog & Cat Alliance supports the creation of national Pet Advertising Advisory Groups - whereby websites conform to voluntary standards and advertise pets for sale responsibly – to help European consumers buy pets from reputable dealers, raised in conditions that maximise their chances of leading happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Our speakers include:
- Pavel Poc MEP (S&D, Czech Republic)
- Marco Valletta, Member of Cabinet for Health and Food Safety, Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis
- Eric van der Sommen, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Counselor, Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU
- Suzie Carley, Chair, EU Dog & Cat Alliance
To register your interest, please contact: EUevents@dodsgroup.com | 0044 207 593 5560 | 0044 207 593 5672.
This event is supported by EU Dog & Cat Alliance
The EU Dog & Cat Alliance consists of 82 member organisations from across the EU. We engage with EU institutions and stakeholders to improve companion animal welfare and build a better Europe for dogs and cats.
Our membership encompasses veterinary organisations, rescue and rehoming organisations, and organisations working to protect companion animal welfare, so we are in a unique position to offer the benefit of our expertise and experience in relation to companion animals – to influence policymaking, coordinate actions and facilitate dialogue.
We are an active member of the European Commission’s Animal Health Advisory Committee, providing briefings and updates to EU stakeholders on companion animal issues; we have also produced reports highlighting the scale of the puppy smuggling trade at EU-level, and identified solutions to address it.