The distribution of pet breeding within the EU is completely uneven for historical and
cultural reasons. Several countries (in particular DE, NL, DK, CZ) are among the breeding
superpowers. On the other hand, in many countries, especially in the Mediterranean,
hobby captive breeding is almost non-existent. An EU-wide solution therefore makes no sense.
The existing legislative framework for breeding restrictions is more than sufficient at both
EU and national level. We are convinced that some of the phenomena criticised by activists
and interpreted as a manifestation of the inadequacy of EU legislation are in fact a
manifestation of poor or no implementation of EU regulations at national level. The best
regulation, if not complied with, is useless. 'Solving' the problem by blanketly banning a
particular activity - rather than improving the enforcement of EU law in specific countries -
cannot be the right way to go
In our view, pet farming is not a real problem in most EU countries. Paradoxically,
however, this is precisely what poses a major danger. Thanks to the established
decision-making mechanism in the EU institutions, it can easily happen that many countries which
are not concerned with the issue at all raise their hand in favour of the establishment of
the positive lists.
As the economic impact is always taken into account when considering further, new
regulations, it is worth remembering that the pet breeding sector (in addition to satisfying
its own breeders) also provides jobs for hundreds of people and small companies
producing live feed (mice, rats, crickets, cockroaches) and plant feed mixtures and special
feeds, as well as various cages, tanks and other breeding supplies.