26.04.2017 Conference on ‘Stray Dog and Feral Cat Population in Europe: from culling to care’

The Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals is meeting on April 26, in the European Parliament in Brussels (Room ASP3G3, from 9:00 – 13:00 hrs) to discuss ‘Stray Dog and Feral Cat Population in Europe.

Further information on the draft agenda is available here

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6.04.2017 Regulating the sale of companion animals in the European Union

The Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals met on Thursday 6 April 2017, to discuss the need to regulate the sale of companion animals in the European Union.

The President of Eurogroup has referenced and endorsed FOUR PAWS international “The Pet Deception campaign” and the strategic objectives regarding breeder and seller registration and public accessible database.

Eurogroup’s Press Release is available here

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FVE calls for improved and more effective controls in slaughterhouses

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), has published a press release, expressing its concern about animal welfare in slaughterhouses throughout Europe, emphasizing on the promotion of good practices, setting standards and raising awareness.

Access to their press release is available here

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06.04.2017 – EP Intergroup on Animal Welfare meeting

The Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals is meeting on April 6, in the European Parliament in Strasbourg (Room LOW N 3.2, from 10:00 – 11:00 hrs).

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Regulating the sale of dogs and cats in the EU – Joe Moran Political Affairs, Adviser at Eurogroup for Animals
  • "The pet deception "- a FOUR PAWS campaign on poorly regulated trading of pets on classified ad sites – Daniela Pichler International Head of Campaigns FOUR PAWS
  • The need for an EU action plan to tackle the illegal trade in dogs and cats – Simona Lipstaite European Policy Advisor, EU Dog & Cat Alliance

Further information regarding the agenda is available here

Information on the outcome of the conference is available here

 

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29.03.2017 EU wide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses is needed

An EU wide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses is needed. That’s the conclusion of the conference "Use of Wild Animals in Circuses : Time for a Change", held on 28 march 2017, co-hosted at the European Parliament by Marlène Mizzi MEP (Malta, S&D), the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals and organised by Eurogroup for Animals. More than half of EU states and in more that 50 States worldwide already adopted National legislations aiming at banning animals in circuses.

Throughout the presentations the following points have been raised:

  • The general public preferences’ are changing, supporting the idea of circuses without animals. New alternatives for contemporary circus art exist without animals.
  • Circuses are not suited for wild animals as their needs are not fulfilled. They need a suitable environment and transport ensuring their welfare.
  • The use of wild animals in circuses brings a misguided public perception and educational message of wild animals.
  • Public security and safety
  • The need to have best practices in circus entertainment
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28.03.2017 – “Conference on the use of wild animals in circuses: time for a change”

The Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialist & Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D), the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals and Eurogroup for Animals, are organizing the “Conference on the use of wild animals in circuses: time for a change”. The event will take place on 28 march 217, at the European Parliament in Brussels (room ASP A1E201), from 15:00-17:00.

Access to the agenda is available here

Conlusions of the conference are available here

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PETI Committee, “Animal welfare in the European Union” (Pr. Donald M. Broom)

In response to a growing number of petitions received, the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament reviewed a new study by Professor Donald M. Broom, department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, entitled “Animal Welfare in the European Union” and discussed possible violations of applicable EU law.

Access to the report is available at here

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23.03.2017 The Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament reviews the new study “Animal Welfare in the European Union” by Professor Donald M. Broom

Brussels, Thursday 23 March 2017 – In response to a growing number of petitions received, the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament reviewed a new study by Professor Donald M. Broom, department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, entitled “Animal Welfare in the European Union” and discussed possible violations of applicable EU law.

The study reveals that 35% of EU animals are unprotected. The Eurobarometer indicates that there is an increase of animal welfare concern and demands, leading to new welfare-friendly markets within and outside the EU.

A vast majority of EU citizens believe that both enforcement of existing animal protection legislation and the development of new Animal Welfare policy and legislation are needed, as there are still species that are not protected by law. This has an impact on the EU’s reputation an image on the rest of the world.

The study also emphasises on the serious animal welfare problems that are not covered by law in the EU. The report recommends the elaboration of a general animal welfare law or species specific legislation and the mention of animal sentience & welfare.

The animal user industries, animal protection groups and policymakers share the view that animal welfare legislation and policy should be based on science, on research on animal welfare and on the exchange of information.

Access to the report is available at here

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