Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 23/05/2013 First transmission: 23/05/2013
- extracts from the Joint debate
Background: This legislative proposal will make it easier to transport pets across borders and will strengthen animal health requirements. It will also ensure that pet owners get clearer information on line. Owners should make sure that their animals' anti-rabies vaccinations are still valid. Young animals between 12 and 16 weeks that have been vaccinated against rabies - but have yet to achieve immunity - should still be allowed to travel. However, people will not be allowed to transport more than five animals at once under these rules, unless they can prove that they are taking part in a competition, exhibition, sporting or other recreational event. This restriction is needed to prevent or discourage any abuse of the rules for commercial purposes, say MEPs.
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||SOUNDBITE (German): Horst SCHNELLHARDT, (EPP, DE) rapporteur:
"In the future pet owners will be able to travel within the EU with their pets with much less administrative hassle. We have eased the rules and this should have an direct impact on citizens."
||SOUNDBITE (English): Günther OETTINGER, EU Commissioner repsonsible for energy:
"The outcome of that study indicates health risks arising from worse commercial practises, the Commission will consider an appropriate protection of Human and animal health, including proposing to the European Parliament and to the Council appropriate adaptations to current Union legislation on Trade of dogs and cats, including the introduction of compatible systems for their registrations, accessible across Member States."
||SOUNDBITE (English): Sirpa PIETIKÄINEN, (EPP, FI):
"I would really like to urge the Commission to come forward with this register proposal still in this election period and to take very prompt actions so that we can put forward on motion these plans. This is really needed by the pet owners and by the pets all over Europe."
||SOUNDBITE (English): Jill EVANS, (Verts/ALE, UK):
"We also supported an EU wide data base for pet movements which would have given us more traceability in the event of a disease outbreak and would have helped in reducing illegal trade, however we will support the compromise in the interest of achieving a good agreement. We will support the amendment referring the Commission statement to be attached looking at the feasibility of a data base and I hope at a future date this will be agreed."
||SOUNDBITE (English): Marina YANNAKOUDAKIS, (EPP, UK) :
"It is important that Member States can make compliance checks on pets and animals entering in their territory from another Member State, it is also important that measures are introduced against fraudulent use of pet passports. At the committee stage I put forward amendments that would have made micro chips mandatory for pets travelling abroad. I regret that the current report allows the continuation of tattoos which can easily be forged."
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