Objectives: To protect pet animals kept by a person or legal entity in any household or in any establishment for trading, for commercial breeding and boarding and in animal sanctuaries.
Summary of provisions: Parties undertake to ensure that pet animals are not caused pain, suffering, distress or abandoned (art. 7). They agree to encourage the development of information and education programmes so as to promote awareness and knowledge amongst organisations and individuals concerned with the keeping, breeding, training, trading and boarding of pet animals of the provisions and the principles in the Convention (art. 14).
Institutional mechanism: Within five years from the entry into force of the Convention and every five years thereafter, and in any case, whenever a majority of the Parties so request, Parties are to hold multilateral consultations within the Council of Europe examine the application of the Convention and the advisability of revising it or extending any of its provisions (art. 15).
(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)