ROLDA joined the global efforts conducted by other organizations and international authorities’ bodies to stop the illegal smuggling of live animals in Europe and across the Globe.


You already know that:
Each year, millions of animals are caught and sold as pets, leather, trophies, and tourist souvenirs or for medical purpose. A worrying large proportion of these transactions are illegal. Consequences?

  1.  Threatening the survival of endangered species: overexploitation of endangered species is the second cause of extinction after the habitat’ destruction.
  2.  Collateral Damages: Killing the non-target species
  3.  Introducing invasive species by unbalancing the nature
  4.  Animals suffer during capture, shelter and transport
  5.  Animals are breed in miserable conditions and subject of inadequate care
  6.  Disease threat for humans and other animals (zoonosis) but also reverse-zoonosis , the transfer of human diseases to animals is also a threat
  7.  People safety : trapped wild animals like lions and tigers , or hybrid wolves are dangers to the entire society
  8.  Habituation is against wildlife species’ nature (Habituated animals cannot be returned to the wild, because they are likely to become nuisances or an outright danger to humans, which in turn jeopardizes the animals. If they are strongly habituated to humans, wild animals may not be able to survive on their own.)

What you might not know about pets (adopted dogs) transport within EU/EEA

In Norway, a study was conducted in 2012 to test the street dogs adopted by Norwegians from Eastern Europe which apparently showed that about 50% of these dogs did not have protection, high enough titre, following the rabies vaccine but also problems with parasites. As a result, all commercial imports from Romania were stopped in June 2013, but after coming to an agreement with Romanian Authorities regarding special rules for import to Norway, the import was allowed again at the beginning of 2014.


In June 2017, the Mattilsynet stopped and banned all non-commercial import, they regarded all adoptions/import to be commercial import. It was allowed only to travel with your own dog if you were already living in Norway, or tourists coming to Norway. Or if you had lived for a long time abroad, you could bring your dog/animal back to Norway. But you could not adopt or import and travel to get them yourself.


Mattilsynet banned the import since the Norwegian parliament wanted the adoptions/imports to stop, because of the fear of false documents and diseases. They used the study from 2012 to prove their point. After complaints to EFTA and a massive protests from breeders, this new ban never came into force. Mattilsynet says they will continue to work towards a ban on import, but to target the adoptions of homeless animals they mean is a danger to both humans and animals in Noway.


Sweden country was very close to follow Norway example.


Germany was flooded with strays from Romania. Trucks loaded with dogs, more or less healthy, with papers more or less in order – all these put the patience of German authorities at try. The German shelters became soon overpopulated with East dogs. As a result, some of these dogs were “unloaded” from trucks directly in parks across Germany “for a better chance”. Sick dogs, with no vaccine, no passport were put together in the same trucks with healthy dogs.


Since TRACES system was implemented as the only legal option for a dog to travel within EU space, a new “business” appeared in Romania: there are veterinary who make money charging the individuals or organizations that are not authorized by Veterinary Authority from Romania, therefore not allowed to have a TRACES number. These vets are charging even 100 EUR per TRACES document/per dog and of course, this is illegal because the access to TRACES is free but it is conditioned by respecting some rules (e.g. a shelter must have diseases control measurements, must be verified by ANSVSA etc)


In October 2017, the largest ever illegal animal transport was stopped in Germany: 7000 animals crowded in a truck, stopped on a motorway in Bavaria.

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