The illegal puppy trade is rife with animal cruelty and deception. Every year, countless puppies are bred in deplorable conditions, taken from their mothers too early and transported across Europe to be sold online via classified ad sites. To help combat this exploitative trade, FOUR PAWS has developed a 'Model Solution for full traceability across the EU online puppy trade', which requires all puppies to be microchipped and registered, and the seller’s details verified, before they can be advertised online. 

Participating countries and stakeholders

Stakeholders across the EU have already aired their interest in participating in a pioneer project to implement the Model Solution, including EuroPetNet, databases such as ANIMALDATA.COM (Austria), Fido (Ireland), classified ad sites such as (Switzerland) and (Germany).

FOUR PAWS is in touch with and supported by several further stakeholders. 

Identification and Registration in the EU

Many countries across Europe already have mandatory Identification and Registration (I&R) of dogs which brings us even closer to achieving full implementation of our Model Solution across the EU.

Below shows a map of all the countries in the EU that already have mandatoryI&R:

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