21.03.2018 – International coalition to fight online trafficking of wild animals


The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), TRAFFIC, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare launch ‘The Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online. The goal is to reduce by wildlife trafficking online 80% by 2020! Giant tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft join in partnership to work together.

Read more on https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/wildlife-watch-tech-companies-online-wildlife-crime-coalition/.


5.03.2018 – First EU Reference Centre for Animal Welfare

The EU Commission has designated the first EU Reference Centre for Animal Welfare made up of a consortium formed by the Wageningen Livestock Research (The Netherlands), the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (Germany) and the Department of Animal Science at Aarhus University (Denmark). It will focus on pig welfare and its designation will be reviewed every five years.

The Centre will provide technical support and coordinated assistance to the Member States to carry out official controls on animal welfare and contribute to the dissemination of good practices, carry out scientific studies, training courses and disseminating research and information on technical innovations.

The link to the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/329 of 5 March 2018 designating a European Union Reference Centre for Animal Welfare is available here.



23.01.2018 – Exhibition Make Fur History

MinkThe European Conservatives and Reformists Group with Fur Free Alliance, Otwarte Klatki, and Eurogroup for Animals will organize the Exhibition Make Fur History (23-25 January) at Altiero Spinelli building, 3rd floor, European Parliament Brussels.

The Official Opening will take place on Tuesday 23 January (EXHIBITION SPACE) from 14.00-14.30.

More information here

Register here


10.01.2018 – Switzerland forbids boiling live lobsters

lobster-964413_640Lobsters will from now on be stunned before being put to death. Switzerland has banned the practice on Wednesday 10 January, and will take effect by March 1st.

Scientific evidence shows that lobsters, and other invertebrates, such as crayfish and crabs, feel pain. Other countries such as Norway, New Zealand and Switzerland, some Australian territories, and some parts of Germany and Italy have included the decapod crustaceans in their animal welfare legislation.

Read more here.


19.01.2018 – OIE, Cornerstones for the future of globally diversified livestock production

On 19 January from 2-4 pm CET, during the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) 2018 in Berlin, the OIE will host a high-level panel on the future of animal health and welfare, cornerstones for the future of globally diversified livestock production.

Questions which will be used in direct during the high-level panel, can be sent via twitter to the panelists by sending a private message to @OIEAnimalHealth. Comments and highlights can be sent on Twitter using the combined hashtags #OIE #GFFA.

More information on the OIE website

More information about the GFFA 2018 here

The programme of the GFFA 2018 is available here




18.01.2018 – Animal Welfare Intergroup meeting

The next Animal Welfare Intergroup meeting will take place on Thursday 18 January, from 9.30 to 11.00 hrs, in room LOW N 3.2, EP Strasbourg. The topic discussed will be on the set-up of the EP Committee of Inquiry on Animal Transport and the animal welfare related work programme of the Bulgarian Presidency (agenda).

Web-streaming: http://www.animalwelfareintergroup.eu/meetings/livestream/ 



24.04.2018 – International Animal Welfare Summit 2018

International Animal Welfare Summit 2018

The 1st International Animal Welfare Summit will take place on April 24th 2018, at Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna.

The IAWS will welcome renowned national and international experts in animal welfare and research, along with representatives from the political and commercial arenas, civil society initiatives and NGOs.

For more details and registration (from mid-October) visit www.iaws2018.com


01.01.2018 – The Bulgarian Presidency (First Half 2018)

BU Precidency logo

The Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU, part of the Presidency Trio Programme  with Estonia and Austria, is taking over the Estonian Presidency for the first time ever and will run from 1 January until 30 June 2018.

Its slogan "United We Stand Strong” reflects its country history and the will to work towards a united and solidary Europe.

With the European elections scheduled for June 2019, Bulgaria will focus its program on the EU policy cycle, which is gradually coming to its end, based on four key areas: the future of Europe and young people, with a focus on economic growth and social cohesion; the European Perspective and Connectivity of the Western Balkans; Security and Stability and Digital Economy and Skills for the future. 

The Bulgarian Presidency will focus on three main principles:

–         Consensus with regards to sensitive political issues such as security, migration, justice, the future of the Western Balkans in the EU, and a sustainable integrated approach to the Danube and Black Sea regions;

–         Competitiveness with the aim to develop a more competitive single market;

–         Cohesion focusing on the future EU cohesion policy, the reformed Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), and the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and cultural heritage.

As FOUR PAWS plays a major role in Bulgaria in the field of Animal Welfare, our European Policy Office wishes Bulgaria all the best for its Presidency and welcomes any future initiatives regarding Animal Welfare. Indeed, the country holds a significant position in terms of live transport, due to its geographical situation. Bulgaria has much to promote in Europe, in particular with its legislation on the keeping of wild animals. We hope that Bulgaria will use the Presidency to promote its best examples in Europe.


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18.12.2017 – Financial benefits of derogations from animal certification

On 18 December 2017, FOUR PAWS EU participated to the Animal Health Advisory Committee (AHAC), during which was discussed the financial benefit of derogations from animal certification (TRACES), based on an ongoing study, soon to be finalized.

The "Study on intra-European Union (intra-EU) animal health certification of certain live animals" is based on art 144 of AHL (the EU Commission has the possibility to adopt a delegated act, establishing derogations to TRACES certification for the movements of kept terrestrial animals, which does not constitute a significant risk regarding the spread of diseases).

The data gathered from 2009 to 2015, related to the intra-EU live animal movements, was obtained from TRACES, Eurostat and FAO, as well as from questionnaires sent to the Member States and to operators. The study analyzed the costs ensuing from the inspection done by the competent authorities and the costs that operators bear to comply with the legislation.

The study distinguishes the financial benefits for a derogation, between the transport movements of more than 8 hours and from the movements of less than 8 hours. The animals that are the least transported for more than 8 hours are the equidae and poultry, compared to sheep and bovines that are the most transported for more than 8 hours within the EU.

A derogation would constitute a benefit, decreasing direct costs for the competent authorities (75% of benefits), as well as for the operators (25% of benefits). For each consignment, the benefits range from 50 to 200€. The total direct benefits for all of the EU is estimated to be 22 Million euros per year. The biggest financial benefits from a derogation would impact the transport of pigs. The Netherlands and Germany would be the countries having the highest benefits from a derogation (35% of all the benefits). Then comes France, Ireland, Spain and Belgium (5%).



20.11.2017 – EU Online survey on ivory trade.

Elephants in Sandolani Game Ranch, 600 km far from Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe  Tuesday, 15 September 2009. Nine elephants captured from their natural enviroment in order to be used in turistical puposes (for riding), circuses or zoo's have been unchaind and are vabout to be set free by The VIER PFOTEN Animal Welfare Foundation and ZNSPCA (Zimbabwian National Society for Protect Cruelty to Animals). MIHAI VASILE / VIER PFOTEN

The EU Commission has launched an online survey to find out what EU citizens think about the ivory trade and the actions that the EU should take against ivory trafficking. The responses can be submitted until 8th December 2017. 

The numbers of African elephants are endangered by poaching and every year 20,000 animals are killed! The ivory trade, which is still going on across Europe, fuels this disaster. This survey is an opportunity to encourage the EU to take the strongest possible action to end the ivory trade and poaching.

Survey: https://goo.gl/J4tgE1

Help-Sheet: http://bit.ly/2hpczaL