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

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 med. vet. Hans-Friedrich Willimzik, Animal Welfare Officer, Saarland, Chair I&R Network

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

KEY NOTE SPEECH

09:30 - 09:50 

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 ‘Dog Trade’ Subgroup to the EU Platform of the EU Commission

10:20 - 10:35

Developments 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 med. vet. Stephan Heidrich, Animal Welfare Officer, Brandenburg

10:45 - 11:00

Critical facts concerning the transponder market, ISO Standards, ICAR and necessary approaches for the future

Dr med. vet. 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: Tsang Tsey Chow, DogID, policy advisor, Flemish Government

Estonia: Valdeko Paavel, Eesti Lemmikoomaregister, Representative 

France: Dr med. vet. Rémi GelléiCAD, Vice President

Ireland: Finbarr Heslin, FIDO, CEO

13:00 - 13:15

Questions and Answers

Part 3

EUROPE-WIDE SOLUTION APPROACHES 

Chair: Eva Biré, acting head of office, Erna-Graff-Stiftung 

13:15 - 13:30

Draft guidelines for the welfare of companion animals in the EU in the context of 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 pets travelling in Europe

Gudbrand Vatn, DyreIDCEO 

13:40 - 13:50

PET SAFE - a system for checking online classified ads for puppies in the EU

Michel Schoffeniels, President, Europetnet

Julia Mundl, Campaigner, VIER PFOTEN International

13:50 - 14:00

Questions and Answers

Part 4

DEFICIENCIES IN GERMANY AND SOLUTIONS

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

14:00 - 14:15

Germany: 16 federal states, 16 different legal laws – an overview

Dr med. vet. Marco König, Animal Welfare Officer, Saxony-Anhalt 

14:15 - 14:45 Coffee break

14:45 - 15:15

Health aspects of the lack of Identification and Registration 

Dr med. vet. 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)

 

Animal welfare dimension, legal and financial problems from the point of view of Animal Welfare

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 - 15:20 Questions and Answers

15:20 - 15:40

Strong together: A companion animal database network with query service. An integrative solution model with exemplary EU potential

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

15:40 - 16:00

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 med. vet. Hans-Friedrich Willimzik, Animal Welfare Officer of Saarland

17:00

Summing up and closing remarks

Dr med. vet. Hans-Friedrich Willimzik

End of Conference

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