EU import ban on dog and cat fur VO 2007/1523/EU
Introduction of transponder chip 2009 for horses, donkeys, mules and other hoofed animals VO 504/2008/EU
The branding of foals is to be avoided across the EU, but has so far not been banned. From 2019, however, this will only be permitted under anaesthesia and in the presence of a veterinarian.
The Treaty of Lisbon comes into force.
Extension to include the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (‘TFEU’), which recognizes animals as sentient beings.
Title II, Article 13: In formulating and implementing the Union’s policies on agriculture, fisheries, transport, internal market, research and technological development and space , the Union and the Member States shall pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals as sentient beings, while respecting the legislative or administrative provisions and customs of the Member States relating in particular to religious rites, cultural traditions and regional heritage.
Practice Guideline 10 (REACH) and Laboratory Animals Directive 2010/63/EU
This brings the EU chemicals regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) into line with animal welfare. Practice Guideline 10 is given the addition of “animal testing only as a last resort”. The Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (Laboratory Animals Directive) comes into force.