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Pet Purchase Permit - Regulation Wallonia Belgium July 1, 2022


    This article calls attention to an upcoming welfare-based regulation for purchasing pets in Wallonia, Belgium due to take effect as of July 1, 2022.


    IPFD Board member Barbara Thiel writes...

    "Here comes another law regarding companion animal welfare, this time from Belgium.

    From 01.07.2022, anyone wishing to buy a pet in Wallonia (the French-speaking part of Belgium) or take one from a shelter will have to produce a "pet keeping permit".

    This is issued by the home municipality and proves that the person in question has not been banned from keeping animals due to violations of the Animal Welfare Act. However, this does not entail a certificate / test of competence.

    The new regulation will only have a direct impact on a tiny part of the population. Because just like in Germany, actual convictions for animal welfare offenses are also a rarity in Belgium (the article speaks of 40 people who have been banned from keeping animals since 2019).

    However, this new requirement is also primarily intended to help curb impulse purchases. The permit must be applied for at the municipality before purchase or takeover and is only valid for 30 days. Foreign buyers have to register with the "Service Public de Wallonie" (SPW) and wait for the green light.

    Acquiring an animal without presenting the relevant document is punishable and the animal can be confiscated immediately. Therefore, this new regulation, which at first glance seems rather toothless, is perhaps not so wrong. Especially when you know that the notorious dog market "La Batte" (Liège) is also located in Wallonia and that puppies and kittens are still sold in pet shops in Belgium."


    wallonie.png For important information on this regulation see Wallonia's official website:


    See the - Ministerial circular explaining how to obtain the extract from the central file available on the website…

    Version 2022/01

    (Eng. Google Translation, text snippet only: Ministerial circular of 13 June 2022 relating to the extract from the central file in for the acquisition, adoption or purchase of an animal in accordance with Article D. 144 of Book I of the Environmental Code and article 46 of the Walloon Code Animal Welfare) Release 2022/01

    Access official legal animal welfare documents at WALLEX which is the site of the Public Service of Wallonia publishing legal information related to the organization, activity and competences of the Walloon Region.


    Unofficial English translation of the webpage and FAQ (June 24, 2022)

    Wallonia Belgium pet purchase permit July 2022 - unofficial English version.docx

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