Anti puppy trafficking

The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe) joined in the World Rabies Day 2020 celebrations with a very special initiative.

In the territories of the INTERREG Biocrime project partners, tablemats have been distributed in the territories of the project partners to raise awareness of the illegal trafficking of puppies. A very close partner of GARC - the IZSVe - drove this initiative to raise further awareness about illegal puppy trafficking. GARC is in full support of the initiative as it affects not only animal welfare but also has far-reaching implications in rabies control and the potential re-introduction of the disease into previously rabies-free areas.

The #worldrabiesday campaign calls for active action to control canine rabies and achieve the goal of zero human deaths from dog-mediated rabies to be achieved by 2030 (#ZeroBy30). We can all work together with various sectors to prevent rabies.

Although dog-mediated rabies has been eliminated in most parts of Europe, the illegal trafficking of puppies represents a risk of re-introduction of rabies and other diseases, and at the same time it does not guarantee the minimum requirements for animal welfare.

Download the tablemats for the prevention of illegal puppy trafficking below.