PUPPIES ARE THE MOST TRAFFICKED COMPANION ANIMALS
The purchase of purebred dogs: a myth to be debunked.
Eight million puppies are estimated to be trafficked every year in Europe to respond to the demand for purebred dogs. Italy, together with Spain and Germany, are the countries where this illegal trade is most prevalent, whereas the breeders are mostly located in eastern European countries. The desire to own a purebred dog is associated with a massive breeding activity with a view to making this “commodity” available in the market. The purchase of a dog is comparable to the purchase of any consumer good, which requires constant and immediate production and supply. A study conducted in 12 EU Member States in 2015 revealed that this trade generates revenues of €13 billion per year. Online transactions are responsible for the increased number of purchases of puppies made with a single click on websites and social media.
Trafficking of pets is thought to be one the most profitable illegal activities in the EU, with a market value of billions of euros every year. The most trafficked pets are puppies. Tracing and repressing this decades-old criminal business, of which the powerless victims are of course the dogs themselves, is still extremely difficult.
In Italy, legislation banning the trafficking of young companion animals does exist, but key operational instruments to effectively implement this legislation and put an end to this activity are still lacking. Online transactions facilitate and increase this type of trade.
Our partner, FONDAZIONE CAVE CANEM, also:
The first docufilm investigating puppy trading in Europe,
directed by Jon Erik West – Coming Soon.
Under article 4 of Law no. 201 of 4 November 2010 on the trafficking of companion animals, those who introduce pet animals listed in Annex I, Part A, of Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and Council of 26 May 2003 into the national territory, without providing them with individual identification systems, the necessary health certificates, and any individual passport required, with a view to making profits for themselves or for others, on a repeated basis or through organised activities, will be punished with imprisonment for a period of between three months and one year, and with a €3,000 to €15,000 fine.