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The act supports the shadow economy? Pseudo-breeding dogs and cats will be legal

The act supports the shadow economy? Pseudo-breeding dogs and cats will be legal



The amendment to the act was to improve the fate of animals, and the so-called Voices from the "green" environment.

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The amendment to the act was to improve the fate of animals, and the so-called Voices from the "green" environment. Gazeta Wyborcza reports.

The act, which comes into force on January 1, 2012, assumes that breeding does not have to be an economic activity. It is treated as a special agricultural activity. In the European Union, in which the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals is in force, all domestic animal breeding is required to conduct business activity.

- This situation is not only safer for the buyer of the potential puppy - on the seller's side we deal with the company. Secondly, this company will have to meet certain standards. The act, which was written quickly, before the elections is extremely underdeveloped and only legalizes the so-called pseudo-farms that produce animals in scandalous conditions, says Tadeusz Wypych from the ARGOS Animal Foundation.

The amendment stipulates that breeding must be a social organization whose statutory goal is activity related to the breeding of purebred dogs or cats. It is not difficult, because 3 people are enough to establish an ordinary association. Unlike livestock, there are no other regulations. Will such social organizations be able to sell their puppies? Yes, because the act introduces a statutory trade permit (as an exception to the general prohibition) for entities that are not required by law to report this activity to the register of economic activity.

Very often we get reports of illnesses or deaths of puppies or kittens purchased by accident - says Anna Drewa, animal protection inspector from the Polish Society for the Protection of Animals.

Can you prove guilt? Yes, but it is difficult, if the sale was carried out by a registered company, for example, its address would be widely available. And now breeders hide where animals are kept, and money and puppies are often donated elsewhere each time. - The pseudo-breeding sites are really well guarded, and it often happens that people who come to us, when asked for a medical certificate about the animal's disease, withdraw - informs Anna Drewa. - In situations when animals are in a bad condition, OTOZ Animals inspectors collect them on the basis of art. 7 sec. 3 of the Animal Protection Act.

Why did MPs pass such a law? - Economic activity for the breeder? It would be very troublesome - believes MP Paweł Suski. - In Poland, running a business is too complicated. The kennel must be registered, and I doubt that pseudo-breeders will want to create fictitious clubs or associations. What is most important is the ban on trade in markets and pet stores, and here the responsibility is divided between three entities - the owner of the store, the owner of the market and the buyer.

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