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

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18.11.2017- Wallonia finalizes a charter including cameras in slaughterhouses

© FOUR PAWS  A charter negotiated between the Walloon government and the Febev, the Belgian Federation of Meat, is being finalized according to the Minister Carlo Di Antonio (cdH).  It should be signed before the end of the year, with the intent to become law.

The flagship measure of the charter is the commitment of the slaughterhouses that are affiliated to the Febev (which represents nearly 90% of the companies concerned), to place cameras in their premises. The behavior of the employees towards the animals and the reactions of the animals, from the unloading to the bleeding and the stunning will be filmed. The images stored in the premises for fourteen days, can be consulted on site and at any time by the inspection authorities.

The charter also provides for slaughter companies to put in place an indicator of their performance with respect to animal welfare, as well as regular training on animal behavior for certain employees.

Source: rtbf info 

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Disappointment after the 2nd meeting of the EU Animal Welfare Platform

The European Animal Welfare Platform

The EU Commission should take animal welfare more seriously

13.11.2017 – Brussels. On Friday 10th November, the second meeting of the EU Animal Welfare Platform took place in Brussels. As announced during the last meeting, the EU Commission confirmed that two sub-groups will be created: one on transport should be finalised by the end of this year, and a second one on pig welfare should be established after the next Platform meeting in June 2018.

Many Member States and other stakeholders requested the establishment of more sub-groups, in order to tackle important animal welfare issues, in particular on illegal trade in dogs and cats, and on equine welfare. Sadly, the EU Commission made clear that it is not intentioned to establish other official working groups, and repeated that it is not intentioned to produce or amend EU legislation on animal welfare – even when it is much needed, as in the case of live animal transport.

Pierre Sultana, FOUR PAWS EU Director, “We welcome the idea to create sub-groups on transport and pigs to improve the enforcement of these pieces of EU legislation. However, we regret that the EU Commission is not willing to create some others, in particular regarding the issue of pet trade, ignoring once again the demands of EU citizens, confirmed by the last Eurobarometer on animal welfare”. Five Member States, who recently produced a joint proposal on pet trade, demanded the establishment of a subgroup on dogs and cat trade, and were supported by other Member States and stakeholders. This demand is in line with the aims of the CARO (“Companion Animal Responsible Ownership”) project, supported by the EU Commission itself.

FOUR PAWS also welcomes the highly needed discussion on equine welfare that took place in the afternoon session, in particular on the topic of population management. FOUR PAWS would however like to recall that the main reason why some horses are “unwanted” is because of some amateur – and unfortunately also professional – breeders, who are breeding many more horses than the market absorbs, thus generating dreadful consequences for such unfortunate animals. FOUR PAWS would therefore support the establishment of a sub-group on this topic, as requested by several Member States. It is indeed much needed that the EU Commission, Member States and other stakeholders work together in this direction. Pierre Sultana added: “The EU should make sure that any legislative change of animal welfare legislation is truly in favour of the animals, and not of detriment to them”.

Facing the repeated call to create more sub-groups, the EU Commission finally let a small door open for members of the Platform, , who will be able to organise informal sub-groups on other topics, and report back to other participants during the general meetings, in order to improve collaboration on specific topics.  “We would like to invite the EU Commission and the Platform to consider the call of the EU Member States and other stakeholders and to take courageous decisions where needed”.

 

To review the web stream of the meeting: https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/second-meeting-of-the-platform-on-animal-welfare

Click here to access the minutes of the second meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare.

Contact information:
VIER PFOTEN/ FOUR PAWS, European Policy Office
Avenue de la Renaissance 19/11, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Email: office@vier-pfoten.eu; communication@four-paws.eu                                         
Phone: 0032-2-7400888
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11.11.2017 – Improvement of Animal Welfare standards monitoring in UK Slaughterhouses

© VIER PFOTEN International Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed that CCTV will be mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England early 2018 and will come into force next spring. Official vets, working for the Food Standards Agency, will have unrestricted access to the last 90 days of footage.  (Read more here).

This news comes a year after the French parliament voted to install mandatory video surveillance in slaughterhouses from 1 January 2018.

Read the full ‘Mandatory Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) recording in slaughterhouses: Summary of responses and Government response’

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26.10.2017 – Next meeting of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals

The Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals will take place on Thursday 26 October 2017, from 10:00 – 11:30 hrs (Room LOW N 3.2, EP Strasbourg).

The following topics will be discussed:

–         The Welfare of Equidae (Guidelines for dairy donkeys: good animal management practices for donkey milk production).

–         New working group on Cage Free Farming.

The agenda is available here.

Web stream available here.

 

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No subsidies for animal transport cruelty outside of the EU

FOUR PAWS

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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04.10.2017 – EU Auditors to examine animal welfare measures

The European Court of Auditors will verify in five Member States (Germany, France, Italy, Poland and Romania), whether payments for animal welfare have been well used and effective. The audit will cover breeding, transport and slaughter.

The goal by 2020, is to go beyond the minimum requirements set at national and EU level.

The audit report is expected to be published end of 2018, before the European Parliament elections of 2019.

The press release is available here.

 

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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

Poster

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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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