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The online market place; an argument for self regulation

In partnership with the EU Dog & Cat Alliance and the European Commission, Blue Cross hosts a conference exploring the implications of online pet sales for animals and consumer protection - with Commissioner Andriukaitis.

Register for a place today

You will be redirected to the European Commission website to complete registration.


28 November 2018, 2.00pm - 6.00pm


Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels

About the conference

The internet has become by far the largest market place for animals in Europe. This is happening in unregulated online markets which can lead to poor practice with negative consequences for the animals, the buyers and public health.

This multi-stakeholder event will look at different perspectives to the problem and explore the merits of self-regulatory systems to improve the standards of online pet adverts.

For any questions, email [email protected]

Conference programme

Times may be subject to last minute change.

2:00pm - Welcome and introduction - Steve Goody, Blue Cross
2:10pm - Animal welfare in the EU, a voluntary approach - Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner
2:30pm - Bad practices in pet advertising, a transborder issue - Keith Hinde, tech4Pets
2:50pm - A public health perspective - Dr. Ann Criel, Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA)
3:10pm - Protection and redress, a consumer viewpoint – Andrew Kelly, ISPCA
3:30pm - Coffee break
4:00pm - Corporate responsibility - Fergus Campbell, Head of PR UK, Gumtree
4:20pm - Self regulation in advertising, a successful model – Lucas Boudet, EASA
4:40pm - A new approach; voluntary pet advertising advisory groups - Suzie Carley, EU Dog & Cat Alliance and Fredrik Malmgren, Djurens Vänner Malmö
5:00pm - Improving online dog adverts, a Romanian success story - Anca Georgescu, Transylvania Animal Care Romania
5:20pm - Closing remarks- Suzie Carley, EU Dog & Cat Alliance

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