EU wants stricter rules on animal trafficking

3/3/2016

The illegal trade of dogs is expected to be the third most lucrative market within the EU, second to weapons and drugs, with a turnover of 5 billion SEK a year.

Now the EU Parliament wants to make it harder for criminals to smuggle dogs across the borders, since these animals are often being transported without vaccination and under cruel conditions.

False documents and false ID chips

The demand for pets have increased in the EU countries, but few can afford to pay up to 25 000 SEK, which is the cost of a pedigree dog. The smugglers, therefore, transport the dogs, mainly from the Baltic States, to countries like Sweden, France and the UK. The buyers are often tricked into buying dogs with false documents and false ID chips. The dogs are not vaccinated, which leads to the spread of diseases like rabies.

New animal health law this spring

The EU parliament have now voted for a requirement that all EU countries register pets like dogs and cats, and report suspicious activity like illegal smuggling between the EU countries. It is hoped that the requirement will be included in the new animal health law, which will be completed this spring.