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MEMBERS of the European Parliament are calling on the European Commission to step up measures to tackle the illegal trade in pets. In a non-binding resolution adopted on February 25, MEPs said that the Commission should ensure that all EU member states have compatible databases of dogs and cats, and should consider setting up databases for other pets, too. They believe that a requirement to register pets, together with the ability to share data across the whole of the EU, would reduce opportunities for falsifying documents and illegal trade, as well as to helping to trace the source of disease outbreaks and curb animal abuse and poor treatment.
While noting that many member states already have mandatory systems in place for identifying and registering pets, the MEPs pointed out that these systems do not necessarily collect the same types of information or cover the same animals. ‘All national databases should therefore be …