Expert Conference: Time to Act - A Mandatory Identification and Registration (I&R) for dogs and cats in Germany and Developments in the EU

Together with the Minister for Environment and Consumer Protection of the State of Saarland, Reinhold Jost, the Network I&R invites to an Experts Conference on the 6th of November in Berlin. 

 

The conference topic is the need to establish a national mandatory Identification and Registration (I&R) system for cats and dogs in Germany. In this conference we are aiming to present a tailor-made German low-cost solution model at the highest technical level. 

 

Furthermore high level speakers will illustrate and discuss developments in the EU, as well as in individual EU Member States’ I&R systems, including technical and structural elements.

 

Draft Agenda (EN)

(subject to change)

EXPERT CONFERENCE - BERLIN, 6 NOVEMBER 2019

TIME TO ACT – A MANDATORY IDENTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION (I&R)
FOR DOGS AND CATS IN GERMANY AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE EU

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Chair: Michaela Dämmrich, Animal Welfare Officer, Lower Saxony 

09:00 - 09:30

Reinhold Jost, Minister for Environment and Consumer Protection, Saarland, patron 

Pier Giovanni Capellino, President, Fondazione Capellino Almo Nature                                                           

Dr Hans-Friedrich Willimzik, Animal Welfare Officer, Saarland, Chair I&R NETWORK

Prof. Dr Kurt Kotrschal, University of Vienna – a written word of welcome  

09:30 - 09:50 KEY NOTE SPEECH

“Contemporary responsible ownership in Europe – for companion animals too”

Petras Auštrevičius, Member of the European Parliament, Vice President of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals of the European Parliament 

Part 1

COMPANION ANIMALS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND TRACEABILITY 

Chair: Katharina Erdmann, Animal Welfare Officer, Schleswig-Holstein

10:00 - 10:20

The position of the veterinarians of Europe

Dr Andrew Robinson, former Vice President of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), member of the Subgroup ‘Dog Trade’ to the EU Platform of the EU Commission

10:20 - 10:35

Tendencies within the puppy trade in Europe

Sarah Ross, Lead Expert Companion Animals, VIER PFOTEN International

10:35 - 10:45

Questions and answers

Part 2

TRANSPONDER TECHNOLOGY AND SELECTED REGISTRIES OF MEMBER STATES

Chair: Dr Stephan Heidrich, Animal Welfare Officer, Brandenburg

10:45 - 11:00

Critical facts of the transponder market, ISO Standards, ICAR and urgent needs for the future

Dr Sven Hüther, international independent expert on animal identification

11:00 - 11:15

Questions and answers

11:15 - 12.15 Brunch and Press Reception

12:15 - 13:00

Examples of traceability systems in some Member States

Belgium: DogID, Tsang Tsey Chow, policy advisor, Flemish Government

Estonia: Eesti Lemmikoomaregister, Valdeko Paavel, CEO 

France: iCAD, Rémi Gelle, CEO

Ireland: FIDO, Finbarr Heslin, CEO

13:00 - 13:15

Questions and answers

Part 3

SOLUTION APPROACH FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION 

Chair: Beate Fischer, Spokesperson, Erna-Graff-Stiftung 

13:15- 13:30

Draft guidelines for companion animals in the EU considering the EU Animal Health Law

Iwona Mertin, Chief of Programme Companion Animals, Eurogroup for Animals 

13:30 - 13:40

Electronic Pet Passport - secured, verified and authenticated veterinary data for travel with pets in Europe

Gudbrand Vatn, CEO DyreID, Norway

13:40 - 13:50

PET SAFE - a checking system of classified ads with companion animals on the basis of transponder

Michel Schoffeniels, President, Europetnet

Julia Mundl, Campaigner with focus on illegal puppy trade, VIER PFOTEN International

13:50 - 14:00

Questions and answers

Part 4

DEFICITS IN GERMANY AND SOLUTIONS

Chair: Dr Julia Stubenbord, Animal Welfare Officer, Baden-Württemberg 

14:00 - 14:15

Germany: 16 federal states and 16 diverse legal rules – an overview

Dr Marco König, Animal Welfare Office, Saxony-Anhalt 

14:15 - 14:45 Coffee break

14:45 - 15:15

Deficitsin veterinarian practices 

Dr Petra Sindern, Vice President, German Veterinary Practitioners Association (bpt)                       

                                                               

Problems for reputable breeders

Prof. Dr Heinrich Meßler, Vice President of the Association of Cynologists in Germany (VDH), the dimension of animal cruelty and the deficit of the current German Animal Welfare Dog Regulation

 

Animal welfare dimension, legal and financial problems, position of German Animal Welfare Organisations

Dr Jörg Styrie, CEO, Federation Animal Welfare (Bundesverband Tierschutz e.V. (BVT), Dipl. biol. 

Torsten Schmidt, Alliance Against Misuse of Animals (Bund gegen Missbrauch der Tiere e.V. – bmt)  

15:15 - 15:35

Strong together: an alliance of all registries with a common request service - an integrative model solution with EU potential

Philip McCreight, CEO TASSO e.V. and Co-Founder of the I&R Network  

15:35 - 15:50

Legal Aspects for the alliance and its service considering data protection rules

Dr. Christoph Maisack, president, German juridical Society for Animal Welfare Law (DJGT)

15:50 - 16:10

Questions and answers

Part 5

PANEL DISCUSSION

Chair: Norbert Carius, independent journalist, former ARD correspondent Berlin 

16:15 - 17:00

Panel discussion

"Responsible Ownership: political and legal steps needed in Berlin and Brussels"

Panel members: 

Petras Auštrevičius, European Parliament

Dr Andrew Robinson, Federation of Veterinarians of Europe FVE

Philip McCreight, TASSO

Dr Christoph Maisack, German Juridical Association for Animal Welfare Law (DJGT)

Dr. Hans-Friedrich Willimzik, Animal Welfare Officer of Saarland

17:00

Summary

Dr Hans-Friedrich Willimzik

End of Conference