Eurogroup for Animals welcomes ECJ clarity on cross-border pet movements

Eurogroup for Animals has today welcomed the preliminary ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union for providing ‘final clarity’ on the rehoming of pet animals across internal EU borders. The Court has ruled that such cross-border rehoming activities are indeed classed as a commercial movement, regardless of whether that activity is for profit or not.
"The referring court asks essentially whether the concept of ‘economic activity’ within the meaning of Article 1(5) of Regulation No 1/2005 must be interpreted as meaning that it covers an activity such as that at issue in the main proceedings, concerning the transport of stray dogs from one Member State to another by a charitable association, in order to give those dogs to the persons who have agreed to adopt them by payment of a sum which in principle covers the costs incurred for that purpose by the association".


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