6.06.2017 – FOUR PAWS first meeting at the EU Platform on Animal Welfare

On 6 June 2017, the EU Platform on Animal Welfare Inaugural Meeting will take place in Brussels.

The Platform brings together 75 member organisations both from the public and private sector and relevant international intergovernmental organisations and has selected a total of 40 members from academia, industry and NGOs, among which FOUR PAWS is part of and will be represented by our expert Adolfo Sansolini.

The discussions will focus on the priorities set by the Commission on animal welfare and will be based on shared views by the members on the prospect of future EU actions related to animal welfare.

The following points will be discussed:

  • ‘How can the Platform contribute to better application and understanding of EU legislation on animal welfare?’ (Enforcement)
  • ‘How the Platform can contribute to promote EU animal welfare standards globally?’ (animal welfare and trade).
  • ‘Examples on how the Platform can facilitate the use of voluntary commitments and promote market value of animal welfare friendly products.’ (including animal welfare labelling).

The draft agenda is available here

The meeting can be followed live.

 

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11.04.2017 – Meeting on animal welfare and workshop on “Animal consciousness and implications for animal welfare scientific advice”

The European Food and Safety Authority and The Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) are organizing a meeting on animal welfare and workshop on “Animal consciousness and implications for animal welfare scientific advice” on 11 & 12 of May in Parma.

Further information is available here 

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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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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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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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27.02.2017 Conference on the Positive List on Animal Welfare

EPO attended to the EU conference on 27th of February aiming at the promotion of the Positive List to regulate the sale and keeping of exotic animals as pets in EU, in order to ensure that Animal welfare, human and animal health and biodiversity are respected.

Emphasis was set on the need for adequate legal provisions on exotic pet trade to tackle the introduction of invasive alien species in Europe. Raising awareness and enforce more restrictive legislation or complementing existing EU legislation on invasive alien species, represents a better option than updating negative lists considered as being inefficient.

Further information is available here.

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27.09.2016 Brussels-Protecting Dog and Cat Welfare in Breeding and Trade

On Tuesday 27 September the EU Dog & Cat Alliance and The Parliament Magazine will be holding an evening reception on Protecting Dog and Cat Welfare in Breeding and Trade.

Speakers will include:

Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP , President of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals

Vytenis Andriukaitis , European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety

Petras Auštrevičius MEP , Vice-President of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals

Martin Chudý , Second Secretary, Animal Health, Food Hygiene, Animal Welfare, Codex Alimentarius, Food Security, Permanent Representation of Slovakia to the EU

Adrian Burder , EU Dog & Cat Alliance

The event will focus on important developments related to companion animal welfare in the EU, including the findings of the European Commission's study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices, European Parliament's resolution on the introduction of compatible systems for the registration of pet animals and the Alliance's call for an Action Plan to tackle the illegal trade in dogs and cats in the EU and safeguard consumer protection, public health and the internal market.

More information can be found in here.

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