European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals

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Pet Convention
European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals
Signed13 November 1987
LocationStrasbourg, France
Effective1 May 1992
Condition4 ratifications by Council of Europe member states
Signatories24 states
Ratifiers23 states
DepositarySecretary General of the Council of Europe
CitationsCETS No. 125
LanguagesEnglish and French

The European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals is a treaty of the Council of Europe to promote the welfare of pet animals and ensure minimum standards for their treatment and protection. The treaty was signed in 1987 and became effective on 1 May 1992, after at least four countries had ratified it. Adherence to the treaty is open and not limited to member countries of the Council of Europe. As of June 2020, it has been ratified by 24 states (most recently by Spain in July 2017).[1]

Content[edit]

The convention is divided into seven chapters:

  1. General provisions
  2. Principles for the keeping of pet animals
  3. Supplementary measures for stray animals
  4. Information and education
  5. Multilateral consultations
  6. Amendments
  7. Final provisions

Parties[edit]

  
Signed and ratified
  
Acceded or succeeded
  
Only signed
  
Not signed (CoE member states)
  
Not signed (non-CoE member states)

As of June 2020, the Netherlands is the only state that has signed but not ratified the treaty yet.[1]

Parties to the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals
Country Signed Ratified Entry into force
Austria 2 October 1997 10 August 1999 1 March 2000
Azerbaijan 22 October 2003 19 October 2007 1 May 2008
Belgium 13 November 1987 20 December 1991 1 July 1992
Bulgaria 21 May 2003 20 July 2004 1 February 2005
Cyprus 9 December 1993 9 December 1993 1 July 1994
Czech Republic 24 June 1998 23 September 1998 1 April 1999
Denmark* 13 November 1987 20 October 1992 1 May 1993
Finland 2 December 1991 2 December 1991 1 July 1992
France 18 December 1996 3 October 2003 1 May 2004
Germany 21 June 1988 27 May 1991 1 May 1992
Greece 13 November 1987 29 April 1992 1 November 1992
Italy 13 November 1987 19 April 2011 1 November 2011
Latvia 1 March 2010 22 October 2010 1 May 2011
Lithuania 11 September 2003 19 May 2004 1 December 2004
Luxembourg 13 November 1987 25 October 1991 1 May 1992
Netherlands 13 November 1987    
Norway 13 November 1987 3 February 1988 1 May 1992
Portugal 13 November 1987 28 June 1993 1 January 1994
Romania 23 June 2003 6 August 2004 1 March 2005
Serbia 2 December 2010 2 December 2010 1 July 2011
Spain 9 October 2015 29 July 2017 1 February 2018
Sweden 14 March 1989 14 March 1989 1 May 1992
Switzerland 13 November 1990 3 November 1993 1 June 1994
Turkey 18 November 1999 28 November 2003 1 June 2004
Ukraine 5 July 2011 9 January 2014 1 August 2014
Countries in italics do allow tail docking.
* The Convention does not apply to the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

A review of the treaty performed in 1995 resulted in minor modifications of the text and allowed signatory states to declare themselves exempt from certain paragraphs of the treaty. Subsequently, a number of additional countries signed and ratified the treaty, making use of this provision by declaring themselves exempt from the prohibition of tail docking. No country that has ratified the treaty has made any reservations regarding the other cosmetic surgeries prohibited by §10: cropping of ears, removal of vocal cords, and declawing.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Chart of signatures and ratifications of Treaty 125. European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals". Council of Europe. Retrieved 4 June 2020.

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