The Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly adopts by unanimity the recommendation on unscrupulous dog trade


FOUR PAWS welcomes the adoption of the recommendation.

Brussels, 03.05.2017 – The International animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS is pleased with the adoption by the Benelux Interparliamentary Assembly of the recommendation that was drafted by Ms Sabine Vermeulen, member of the Benelux Parliament, introducing measures to tackle the unscrupulous practices of puppy trade. The recommendation which will be published soon considers several problems, such as the need to enforce the tractability of dogs and cross-border cooperation. 

FOUR PAWS closely followed the elaboration of the recommendation. Pierre SULTANA, Director of the European Policy Office of FOUR PAWS in Brussels, expressed his satisfaction regarding the vote and explains that: “our organization has been actively involved in the fight against illegal pet trade in particular online, through our Pet Deception campaign, launched in June 2016. To guarantee that animal welfare standards are met and that future owners are protected, not only it is essential to regulate this sector secure the sale of dogs, but also raise awareness and inform people about the risks and sometimes dirty business behind the online trade”.

Pierre SULTANA also explains that “although many existing legislations are very good in the Benelux, these countries represent are still a transit point for illegal and unscrupulous puppy trade, that is most often a cross-border issue. It is important to to favour cooperation between countries. Establishing a central system such as EUROPETNET, helps to identify and register dogs and their Transponders’ numbers. The transformation of the European passport into a unique document for each animal, from the date of birth and death would also help tackle the illegal trade of animals. 

The Recommendation can be read here: BNL885-1


14.03.2017 European parliament adopts Resolution to improve equine welfare

The International animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS congratulates Julie GIRLING, MEP, on today’s adoption of the Resolution by the European Parliament, in favour of the Initiative report on responsible ownership and care of equines aiming at enforcing legislative measures to ensure equine husbandry and welfare throughout Europe. The report includes the recommendations laid out in the study published by World Horse Welfare and Eurogroup for Animals, ‘Removing the Blinkers: the health and welfare of European Equidae in 2015’, which outlined the scope, scale and welfare challenges of the equine sector in Europe.

Access to the full Press release is available here


The EU adopts new conservation measures for the protection of the marine environment

The EU adopts new conservation measures for the protection of the marine environment

The European Commission has adopted two regulations that will facilitate two Member States to comply with European environmental legislation to protect natural environments. In particular the regulations will help the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework and the Habitats and Birds Directives.

The first regulation concerns the North Sea, where new fishing bans will apply to a marine protected area in Swedish waters and to some Natura 2000 sites in Danish waters. The second regulation concerns the Danish Natura 2000 sites of the Baltic Sea and replaces Regulation (EU) 2015/1778. The new measures aim to protect reefs, and both sea-pen and burrowing fauna. The protection measures prohibit fishing with bottom trawling gears or – in some cases – any kind of fishing. As an additional control measure, the use of automatic identification systems has become mandatory for vessels not required to have vessels monitoring systems on board in the Swedish protected area.   

Both regulations were adopted in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation 1380/2013 and are based on joint recommendations issued by the three Member States concerned, i.e. Denmark, Germany and Sweden.

Original article on EC website.