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


A model of Animal Welfare Act suggested by “World Animal Net”

The World Animal Net platform provides a model of animal welfare act that includes among other good provisions, good and clear definitions.

Net’s Model Animal Welfare Act (MAWA) is used as a guide and information source to facilitate the process of improving or introducing the legislation needed to implement OIE Animal Welfare Standards.


Croatia celebrates the entry into force of fur farming ban

On January 1, 2017, with the help of the Croatian Ministry of agriculture, the ban adopted in 2006 by the Animal Protection Act on fur farming, came into force in Croatia. It is a result of a ten-year long battle for the protection of animals, during which a minority of chinchilla breeders still hoped to have the ban abolished.

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France: Video surveillance in slaughterhouses

85% of French are in favor of the cameras in slaughterhouses, according to a poll for the Brigitte Bardot Foundation and Animal Rights Association that has been released on Monday. This measures are intended to reduce animal suffering.

Please proceed to the full article (in French) in here.

You can have an access to the press release as well as the full report.


Italy, Guidelines for the movement of companion animals

Author: Italian Ministry of Health Department of Veterinary Public Health, Food Safety and Collegial Bodies for Health Protection Directorate General of Animal Health and Veterinary Drugs Animal Protection Operative Unit

These Guidelines have been established to help compliance with Agreement 24 January 2013 between the Government, the regions and the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano, the provinces, municipalities and mountain communities in relation to identification and registration of companion animals. These guidelines are aimed at establishing standardised procedures for the movement of dogs and cats, and for their registration in the companion animal register when they are moved permanently from one region to another. The procedures relate to the animals’ sanitary requirements, to documentation and transportation requirements, and to the reporting requirements between the different competent authorities. Furthermore, with these Guidelines, as defined at point 2, letter c) of the above-mentioned Agreement, information is provided for the establishment of a single system of identification and registration of dogs and cats.