No subsidies for animal transport cruelty outside of the EU

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FOUR PAWS welcomes the judgement of the European Court of Justice that could affect 170 million live animals transported per year

Brussels, 19 October 2017, The European Court of Justice confirmed that European animal welfare regulation on live animal transport apply to the entire journey, including outside the European Union. In order to get export refunds on livestock, exporters are required to follow Regulation No 1/2005, guaranteeing the protection of animals during transport and to minimize suffering and cruelty, until the first place of unloading in the third country of final destination. The court ruling was linked to an excruciating journey of animals from the Netherlands to Beirut and is not the first time the European Court issues a ruling which calls for implementation of European law for live animal transport for animals sent beyond European borders.

“FOUR PAWS welcomes today’s Court decision, improving the welfare of millions of animals exported outside EU borders every year during their transport. This gives full effect to the previous case and it is absolutely normal that, in return for a reimbursement, the exporters should guarantee the highest welfare to the animals during their transport,”  says Pierre SULTANA, Director of the European Policy Office of FOUR PAWS in Brussels.

The livestock export company did not complete the journey log for the 13 days of transport to Beirut of 36 live bovines, of which 5 died. The journey log was only completed until the exit point of the EU. Nevertheless, the veterinarian in Beirut stated that the welfare of the bovines was good and the transport was carried out according to European rules for animal welfare during transport.

Because of the incomplete journey log, the Dutch competent authority rejected the veterinarian’s statement and requested the reimbursement of the export refund with an additional 10% penalty.

The court was asked whether the transporter must keep the journey log up to date until the first place of unloading in the third country of final destination or whether it is sufficient that the journey log be handed over to the official veterinarian at the exit point of the Union. Without having access to such, a veterinarian in the third country cannot attest that the route plan records are in compliance with European rules on animal transport and export refunds. The route plan records hold information on the duration of the journey and the resting times of the animals. The judgement states that the original journey log has to be completed until the exit point of the EU. A copy of the journey log has to be kept and completed until the first unloading point of the country of final destination. The Court based its decision on the effectiveness of animal welfare.

“Once again, the serious inconsistencies of regulation No 1/2005 have been pointed out and we hope that the EU Commission will finally consider a revision, as required by the “stop the trucks” campaign”, as quoted by Pierre SULTANA.

 

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27.09.2017 – Save the date! Mislabelled and Misleading: Fur Labelling Problems in the EU Market

Save the date! Mislabelled and Misleading: Fur Labelling Problems in the EU Market: report launch in the European Parliament, on Wednesday 27 September 2017, 9.30-12.00. Co-organised with FOUR PAWS EuropeHumane Society International/Europe and Fur Free Alliance.

The programme is available here.

The report is available here 

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/ydakal8t

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07.09.2017 – Practical EU Guides to Good Practice for cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and poultry

Practical EU Guides to Good and Best Practice cattle, horses, pigs, poultry and sheep transport are available on the Animal Transport Guides website.

As slaughter, fattening, breeding and transport conditions in which animals are subject to vary, these guidelines provide practical advice for professionals to improve animal welfare.

Read more here

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14.09.2017 – ENDING PIG PAIN – The Commission’s work programme on pig welfare

The Intergroup on the Welfare & Conservation of Animals is meeting on Thursday 14 September 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 hrs, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg (Room LOW N 3.), regarding the Commission's work programme on pig welfare – Will the EU manage to phase out the surgical castration of pigs by 2018?

Please follow the link to access the agenda.

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02.08.2017 – Czech Republic puts an end to fur farming

Fur farming has been prohibited in the Czech Republic as of today, August 2, 2017.

The law concerns the "raising and killing animals exclusively or mainly for their furs", such as foxes and minks. Nine existing fur farms will be forced to close by January 31st, 2019. This decision reflects the general opinion on fur farming, as 83 per cent of Czechs are in favour of closing fur farms.

At present bans on fur production have also been adopted by Austria, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, and the United Kingdom. Due to the high prohibitions and standards of captivity in Germany and Switzerland farming animals for fur is hindered. In Belgium, Wallonia and the Region of Brussels-capital have banned fur farming. Currently the Flemish Minister of Animal Welfare is considering a draft law banning such farms.

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02.08.2017 – Nicolas Hulot wants to create a think tank on animal welfare

France's Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot announced on Wednesday 2 August, that he wants to "create a think tank on animal welfare" under the authority of "a philosopher and a parliamentarian". "This is a societal matter, we should not be afraid to raise it," said Nicolas Hulot, wishing to set up a future group capable to draw conclusions concerning animal welfare.

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18.07.2017- Brussels region considering a ban on the use of fairground ponies

Bianca Debaets, the Brussels secretary of state responsible for animal welfare has declared that the Brussels region is considering banning the use of fairground ponies from January 2019. Until it will come into force, transitional measures are still to be discussed with fairground operators.

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18.07.2017 – FOUR PAWS joins new animal welfare group BelgPAAG to fight online illegal pet trade

Belgium, 18.07.2017 – The international animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS is now part of the new animal welfare group BelPAAG (Belgian Pet Advertising Advisory Group) and will work jointly with the group to promote responsible pet advertising. Unscrupulous trading of puppies and other animals online is a growing concern across and outside Europe, due to the fact that no EU legal framework regarding online selling of pets exists, which makes this trend difficult to control.

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16.07.207 – Dismantling of a vast traffic of horsemeat in Europe

Sunday July 16, Europol announces the dismantling of a vast traffic of horsemeat unfit for human consumption in Europe. The network had ramifications across eight European countries: France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, including Belgium where the leader of the criminal organization was arrested with the collaboration of the Federal Police, the Federal Food Agency in Belgium and Guardia Civil. In total 66 individuals were arrested or investigated.

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13.07.2017 ‘Joining things up on pet welfare’ – a view on the need for pet welfare legislation in Great Britain

The Veterinary Record, official journal of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) publication ‘Joining things up on pet welfare’, highlight’s the need for legislation on pet welfare. It refers to the position paper, from the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and the report from the Blue Cross animal welfare charity, highlight the growing problem of dog trade in many European countries.

Read more on the position paper of FVE: ‘Profit should never take priority over animal health and welfare’.

Read more on the report of the Blue Cross for pets: “Unpicking the knots: The case for a more cohesive approach to pet welfare legislation’ in Great Britain.

 

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