16.10.2018 – Launch of the 8th edition of the Master in Animal Law and Society


Master in Animal Law and Society

The Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)  has launched its 8th edition Master in Animal Law and Society, dedicated to training professionals committed to animal defence, which start on October 16th, 2018.

Information on enrolment procedures are available here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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02.08.2018 – EU Care For Our Companions

The new campaign “EU, Care For Our Companions” aims at showing the EU institutions and decision-makers that European citizens care for their cats, dogs, horses and donkeys and call for better protection. Issues related to our companions’ welfare know no borders, therefore it is now time for the EU Commission to establish EU guidelines to better protect our companion animals.

Citizens are asked to make their voice heard and support the campaign by taking a selfie with their pet or equine and by posting it on Instagram with the relevant hashtag (#EUCare4MyDog, #EUCare4MyCat, #EUCare4MyHorse, #EUCare4MyDonkey).

Follow the Campaign on Instagram (eucare4ourcompanions), Twitter (Act4AnimalsEU) and Facebook (Eurogroup for Animals). 

Read More on http://www.eurogroupforanimals.org

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30.07.2018 – Global Coalition for Animal Welfare

Austria, Pabneukirchen | 2011 05 11 | Organic free range farms for laying hens, Company: Klammer Josef, producer for Ja Natürlich. Research to find out if the hens have enough bushes and trees to feel save outside the stable. Seven global food firms have joined forces to create the Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW). Nestlé, Unilever, Ikea Food Services, Aramark, Compass Group, Elior Group, and Sodexois  form one of the world’s first global food industry-led groups focused on accelerating the development of animal welfare standards.

The coalition will implement 3 strategies: provide a platform where food companies and farm animal welfare experts can work closely; prioritize welfare issues and develop roadmaps for industry change; and advance knowledge through industry insights, research, and partnerships for action. 

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16.10.2018 – Conference on ‘Responsible care throughout the life of equine’

The conference will be organised by the European Horse Network, FEEVA, UECBV and World Horse Welfare. it will be hosted by Jean Arthuis MEP and Julie Girling MEP in the European Parliament on the 16 of October, from 16.30 to 19.00pm.

The event will gather professionals from across diverse sectors of the equine industry, to discuss topics on responsible breeding, securing the value of equidae and the sensitive issue of end of life.

Registration via http://tickets.worldhorsewelfare.org/equineconference & contact email address is equineconference@worldhorsewelfare.org. Agenda and other details of the conference will be available in September.

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22.07.2018 – Flemish government bans fur farming and force-feeding for foie gras

FOUR PAWS | Fred DottFlemish government bans fur farming and force-feeding for foie gras, by December 1, 2023 at the latest!  This will affect 17 mink farms and the only foie gras producer in Flanders.

Fur farms have already been banned in the two other Belgian regions of Wallonia and the Brussels capital region. This is however symbolic, as there weren’t any fur farms in either regions when the bans were introduced. Foie gras in Wallonia is still not prohibited.

Read more on: https://www.neweurope.eu/article/flanders-ban-foie-gras-fur-production/ and https://www.furfreealliance.com/historic-news-belgium-ends-fur-farming/ 

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6.09.2018 – Conference ‘End animal suffering during EU journeys and beyond’

The conference entitled 'End animal suffering during EU journeys and beyond' will take place on 6th September 2018, in the European Parliament, in Brussels (Room A1G3,  from 9.30 to 13.00).

It will be hosted by MEP Pascal Durand, MEP Martin Häusling, MEP Maria Heubuch, MEP Keith Taylor, MEP Thomas Waitz and will gather farmers and consumer groups to discuss the alternatives and solutions to end animal suffering. 

More information about the event available at: https://europeecologie.eu/stop-animal-suffering-during-transport

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18.07.2018 – FOUR PAWS research and police raids in Czech Republic uncover ruthless tiger trade

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Prague, 18.07.2018 – Recent police raids in the Czech Republic as well as research by the international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS show that tiger trade is not only an issue in Asia: The lucrative commercial trade with a highly protected species and their parts is happening right in the centre of Europe as well. On Monday 15th July the Czech police along with custom officers raided properties in Prague and in central and northern Bohemia in suspicion of illegal killing of tigers and possession of tiger products. Today on the 18th July the Czech authorities announced that they seized a recently killed tiger at one of the properties and that one of the suspects was processing tiger bones and other tiger products. The suspects were shooting the tigers in the eyes to not damage the skins and that the tigers were killed and used to make tiger broth. Furthermore, the Czech authorities also raided the Vietnamese market, Sapa in Prague and discovered tiger meat and products on sale.

One of the target facilities raided this week belonged to well-known circus leader, Mr. Ludvik Berousek. FOUR PAWS research conducted in June show a meeting with Mr. Berousek where he proudly showed his tiger breeding facility near Prague and discussed the sale of tigers to Asia. Mr Berousek offered to sell the tigers to Asian buyers and to help facilitate the documents and transfer and boasted that he had already sold tigers to China in the last three months. 

Kieran Harkin, Head of Wildlife Campaigns at FOUR PAWS, states “It is shocking how the EU does so much to combat the trade in wildlife in other parts of the world, but we have turned a blind eye to protecting an endangered species on our own doorstep. FOUR PAWS is calling on the European Commission to protect all tigers and to ban the commercial trade in live captive bred tigers. The EU should take a leading role in protecting these endangered species and ban all commercial trade ensuring tiger traders and businesses have no place in the EU”.

Tigers: A highly endangered species

In the 20th century the world already lost over 90 per cent of its tigers with current estimates indicating that there are only about 3,900 tigers left in the wild. The relentless demand for tigers to be displayed commercially and traded for their body parts to be used in traditional Asian medicines significantly contributes to this decline. Shockingly, tigers born in captivity in Europe can still be traded for commercial purposes such as circuses or for private keeping or for photo opportunities. In some European countries it is not only possible to buy tigers but to also rent tigers for private parties.

How can this happen in an EU-country?

The European Union does not only lack effective regulation concerning the trade of tigers or their parts, there is also no clear overview of the actual number of captive tigers and trade of these animals. No authority, organisation or country knows how many tigers are currently kept in Europe, where they are moved during their lifetime or how they are used for entertainment purposes, where they die and finally whether in worst cases these animals are being turned into tiger bone wine or traditional medicines. Only by ensuring there is no market for tigers and their parts in Europe the European Commission can be serious about contributing to protecting wild living tigers in Asia and playing a positive role in fighting the illegal trade of all wildlife. FOUR PAWS has launched a petition today through which all supporters can call on the European Commission to ban the commercial trade in tigers: https://help.four-paws.org/en/ban-tiger-trade

Read the update of 26.07.2018: https://goo.gl/ti5MVA​

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10.07.2018 – Protecting the EU’s internal market and consumer rights against the negative implications of the illegal trade in companion animals

Czech Republic, Redhošt | 2013 09 15 | Illegal puppy traders are investigated at a market by a tv-journalist from the German broadcaster NDR together with FOUR PAWS.

Today, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has voted in favor of the adoption of a Motion for a Resolution on “Protecting the EU’s internal market and consumer rights against the negative implications of the illegal trade in companion animals”

FOUR PAWS welcomes this vote, which would result in an official request from the EU Parliament to the EU Commission to tackle the illegal trade of pets issues, if it is confirmed in September during the plenary vote. Specifically, the resolution highlights the need to have mandatory identification and registration of dogs and cats, breeder and seller traceability, as well as an EU Action Plan to address the illegal trade in companion animals. It also implies better enforcement of EU legislation and better communication between competent authorities of different Member States on illegal trade issues.

In particular, FOUR PAWS warmly welcomes the positive vote of the Committee on MEP Pietikanen amendments, which are referring directly to FOUR PAWS Reports of 2013 and 2016 regarding illegal puppy trade in Europe, companion animals’ identification and concrete issues with the Pet Passport and TRACES schemes. Moreover, this Motion for a Resolution refers to FOUR PAWS ThanksEbay Campaign (www.thanksebay.com) regarding the promotion of voluntary stricter rules, to verify the identity of online sellers and to improve the welfare of animals that are sold, that some classified ads websites are starting to adopt.

FOUR PAWS is delighted that its work has been relayed at such an official level, and that the ENVI Committee acknowledges once again the importance to fight illegal trade in companion animals. FOUR PAWS invites the EU Parliament to support the ENVI Committee for its vote in plenary, expected in September.

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Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

For the third time, after 1998 and 2006, Austria is holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU. As part of the Presidency  Trio Programme with Estonia and Bulgaria, Austria is taking over the Bulgarian Presidency, from 1 July 2018 until 31 December 2018.

In line with the slogan "A Europe that protects", the Austrian Presidency intends to focus on three main areas:

–         migration, security (securing external borders against illegal immigration) and the protection of the EU’s external borders.

–         the future European budget by maintaining Europe’s competitiveness through digitalisation.

–         stability in Austria’s neighbouring countries focusing on the EU accession for Western Balkan countries.

FOUR PAWS is an Austrian based animal welfare organisation who plays a major role in the field of the Animal Welfare and has proudly celebrated its 30th anniversary since its inception.  Our European Policy Office wishes Austria all the best for its Presidency and welcomes any future initiatives that could be undertaken to improve Animal Welfare. One of the major tasks will be the negotiation on the proposals for the modernization and simplification of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), after 2020.

 

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3rd Meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare

The European Animal Welfare Platform

FOUR PAWS welcomes the creation of the voluntary initiative subgroup on improving health and welfare of pets (dogs) in trade, and of other new subgroups

Brussels, 21.06.2018 – The international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS is one of the members of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare launched by the EU Commission last year. Yesterday the third meeting of the Platform took place in Brussels.

FOUR PAWS welcomes the activities of the Platform as an additional forum for stakeholders to exchange views about animal welfare.

In particular, FOUR PAWS welcomes the initiative of the Dutch government to establish a new voluntary initiative subgroup on improving the health and welfare of pets (dogs) in trade, to tackle issues related to the trade in pets in Europe. Representatives of FOUR PAWS, other NGOs, independent experts, and Member State representatives had their first meeting on this topic on 19th June, and yesterday their plans were presented at the Platform meeting.

Yesterday’s meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare also offered the opportunity to present the activities of the subgroup established by the Commission on the transport of live animals.

Furthermore, a new subgroup on tail docking of pigs was launched by the Commission, while various Member States announced their intention to launch own-initiative subgroups on pig castration and fish welfare, in addition to the existing one on equidae.

FOUR PAWS is confident that the new subgroup dedicated to improving the health and welfare of pets will produce concrete proposals to improve the enforcement of EU pet legislation, and identify together with Member States effective actions to control more efficiently pet movements. “Already in 2016, through a report and a European conference[1], we highlighted the enforcement issues met in practice by the competent authorities, in particular in relation to the identification of dogs, and the Pet Passport and TRACES schemes”, explains Sophie Duthoit, EU Companion Animal Policy and Legal Coordinator at FOUR PAWS Europe, who is the organisation’s representative in the subgroup. “The subgroup will also be the right place to promote the enforcement of mandatory breeder registration under the upcoming Animal Health Law”, she continues.

 

FOUR PAWS also welcomes the progress made within the working group on extreme temperatures of the subgroup on transport. “All stakeholders have shown a very constructive attitude by sharing information on existing problems and ideas to solve them” says Adolfo Sansolini, FOUR PAWS’ representative in the subgroup on transport and in the Platform. “We also agreed that it would not be sufficient to prepare new factsheets for drivers and other recipients, therefore we will work on a parallel document too, through which we will propose a communication strategy for their effective diffusion. We will also highlight parts of the existing legislation whose enforcement is difficult, or that need changing altogether. It is our hope that the EU Commission will act on our suggestions in order to ensure that animal welfare during transport is improved through all necessary means.”

 

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To review the web stream of the meeting: https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/3rd-meeting-of-the-platform-on-animal-welfare

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