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Animal welfare
Veterinary concerns about European dog trade

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‘PROFIT should never take priority over animal health and welfare or public health, and should never harm the consumer.’

This is the main message of a position paper on the dog trade that was adopted unanimously last month by the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) and the Union of European Veterinary Practitioners. They voice concern about ‘the currently alarming situation regarding the dog trade industry in Europe’ and call on all those involved in the trade to work towards a future in which dogs are traded in a respectful and responsible way, which takes account of their health and welfare needs.

In the position paper, the three organisations point to a ‘marked mismatch’ in supply and demand for puppies and adult dogs, and say that a ‘booming industry’ has arisen in Europe because the …

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