‘The French association for the protection of farm animals “l’Œuvre d’assistance aux bêtes d’abattoir” (OABA) seized the Administrative Court of Appeal of Versailles, who tipped in favor of the association and questioned the slaughter without stunning in organic farming. The Court of Justice of the European Union will rule and answer the following question: "Should the applicable rules of European Union law be interpreted as authorizing or prohibiting the granting of the European organic label to meat derived from Animals, which have been slaughtered without prior stunning?’ (source: La France Agricole 10.07.201)
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An advertising company and a French departmental prefect have taken down posters criticising the surgical castration of male piglets, in an effort to protect "public order"- Journal de l'Environnement reports .
85% of male pigs in France are castrated. The pigs' scrotums are cut open and their testicules removed, with no anaesthetic, when they are just a few days old.
This highly painful procedure is carried out to prevent boar taint, a bad smell or taste that can occur during the cooking of meat from uncastrated male pigs. And it was a poster campaign called "Couic", organised by the Welfarm association in Brittany and the department or the Sarthe, that caught the attention of the agricultural lobby: the campaign was simply censored.
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On 26 February 2016, the European Commission adopted a communication on the EU
Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking. The action plan is aimed at combatting illegal
wildlife trade by improving the implementation of existing legislation and raising
awareness about the seriousness of the crime. It is based on three priorities:
prevention, better enforcement and closer cooperation worldwide.
In recent years, wildlife trafficking has reached unprecedented levels, and global
demand for wildlife and related products has increased. Whereas existing EU-level
legislation is considered sufficient to combat illegal wildlife trade, the action plan calls
for more stringent law enforcement.
Wildlife trafficking can deplete the populations of certain species heavily, thereby
disrupting entire ecosystems. Moreover, it has economic and security implications.
Furthermore, the issue has a European dimension, since the EU is a destination as well
as a transfer and source region for wildlife trafficking.
After having called for a blueprint to fight wildlife crime in 2014, the European
Parliament is expected to adopt an own-initiative report on the EU action plan in late
Stakeholders have welcomed the action plan and its main purpose of improving the
implementation of existing legislation; in particular, businesses see it as a chance to
better protect their legal activities.
Link to the press release of the EP in here.