FOUR PAWS demands
- An EU-wide legally binding regulation for the registration, vaccination and identification of all dogs by microchip. Responsible breeders could then be identified and health risks for animals and humans could be reduced.
- Until the EU-wide regulation can be implemented, an immediate strategy to identify and register all dogs should be implemented by each EU member state at national level. This should include microchip registration and a public registry. In addition, a basic level of healthcare for dogs should be implemented.
- Legal standards for breeding and keeping dogs should be implemented in all member states – including a basic training for dog owners.
- As an immediate measure, we demand the responsible EU authorities implement stronger controls for the breeding, transport and trade of puppies. Illegal activities need to be punished appropriately.