No total ban on pet sales
14 February 2007, BRUSSELS- There will not be a total ban on the sale of dogs and cats in shops after all. A shop will be able to broker the sale of an animal, but the animals will not be allowed to be present in the shop.
14 February 2007
BRUSSELS- There will not be a total ban on the sale of dogs and cats in shops after all. A shop will be able to broker the sale of an animal, but the animals will not be allowed to be present in the shop.
During the discussion today it emerged that the bill from Magda De Meyer (SP.A) could not get majority support in the end. The proposal must now be sent back to parliament. Hearings will be organised and representatives from both the disgruntled pet sales sector and animal rights organisations will be invited.
De Meyer herself, who initiated the bill banning domestic pet sales in retail shops, has no objection to both sides voicing their views in parliament. But there is one point on which she refuses to budge: keeping dogs and cats on display in pet shops with the aim of selling them cannot be tolerated any longer.
De Meyer has also noticed that her proposal has led to a broad social debate. That is why she has no objection to both sides presenting their arguments to the authorised committee once again. “It is good that the discussion is not only being held in the media, but also in parliament,” said the socialist politician.
[Copyright Expatica 2007]
Subject: Belgian news