Commission launches Animal Welfare Survey

Citizens to have input into study on companion animals welfare

The European Commission has launched a survey on the welfare of cats and dogs, ahead of possible legislation on the issue.  

Alyn Smith MEP said:

“Animal welfare is very important to me and we all know that at the national level there is wide variation in animal welfare legislation across the Member States. The EU is the second-largest market in the world and this survey would not only help us to develop a platform for change within the EU but also beyond. 

“The purpose of the study is to collect and analyse information on breeding, keeping and the trade of dogs and cats in European Member States, and import and export to third countries.

“I would urge anyone moved by this issue to complete this survey - this is a real chance to have our voices heard and our wishes acted on at a European level. This is a great opportunity to affect legislative change all over Europe, and I hope that this survey receives as many responses as possible.”

The survey closes on the 20th of September and is available in several European languages. The link is below: