Responsible pet ownership

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Pet owners have a responsibility to help care for and protect their pets. Laws on animal welfare are different throughout Europe but we encourage all our members to promote responsible pet ownership. Here you can read our Animal Welfare Position Paper and find links to EC Guidelines. We also highlight our work with the Pet Alliance and our resources for schools.

FEDIAF’s Position Paper on Companion Animal Welfare

FEDIAF is committed to providing companion animals with quality, safe and nutritious food in order to meet their welfare needs. Our Animal Welfare Task Force has developed a position paper and you can read more about our position and work in this field.


The Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals aims essentially at assuring the welfare of animals, and in particular, of pet animals kept for private enjoyment and companionship.


World Organisation For Animal Health (OIE): animal welfare standards


FEDIAF has produced three detailed booklets, which are comprehensive guides for children. Two of these booklets are for primary school children and live up to their names: “Fascinating Cats” and “Fascinating Dogs”! The third booklet is an essential guide for younger children (from age 3) on how to deal safely with dogs.


The Pet Alliance Europe was established by AnimalhealthEurope and FEDIAF in 2021. The Alliance welcomed FVE and FECAVA in 2023. We are united in our belief that pet ownership has the potential to enhance the lives of all Europeans and brings many societal benefits. We refer to this as #PetPower. We are advocates for pet welfare and work with like-minded organizations to share information on how to care for pets.