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MEPs vote to Protect Our Pets as a resolution to end the illegal trafficking of cats

05 March 2016
MEPs vote to Protect Our Pets as a resolution to end the illegal trafficking of cats

The European Parliament adopted a resolution today to formally call on the European Commission to take action to stop the illegal pet trade across the EU.

Eurogroup for Animals launched its Protect Our Pets initiative to challenge the illegal pet trade as well as online sales of animals. Coordinated by Renate Sommer MEP and supported by Cats Protection, it has seen over 500,000 emails sent to MEPS from right across Europe since its launch in September 2015.

Microchipping is already a big priority for Cats Protection. The Manifesto for Cats UK was launched in February of last year and calls for measures to improve feline welfare, including compulsory microchipping in the UK.

Cats Protection’s Chief Executive, Peter Hepburn, said: “In the course of helping the UK’s unwanted cats, we come across those from other EU countries with microchips which are difficult to read and interpret. If microchipping databases in each member state were harmonised, we would have much clearer information including where each cat came from, and in turn we could reunite many more cats with their owners.

Improving the traceability of microchipped cats would also help to identify any cats being illegally trafficked into the EU. We very much hope the European Commission acts on this resolution in order to improve the outlook for cats throughout Europe.”