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Concern for the health and welfare of commercially traded dogs and cats

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AN independent study of the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices in the European Union has identified five main factors that could potentially place their health and welfare at risk.

The study, which was financed by the European Commission, was prompted by concerns from the European Parliament and European Council about the welfare consequences and other issues arising from a lack of harmonised legislation governing the breeding and marketing of dogs and cats in the European Union. Researchers used literature reviews, stakeholder questionnaires and expert opinion to investigate activities relating to the commercial breeding, keeping and distribution of dogs and cats.

In the study report, which was published on March 16, the areas …

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