02.08.2017 – Nicolas Hulot wants to create a think tank on animal welfare

France's Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot announced on Wednesday 2 August, that he wants to "create a think tank on animal welfare" under the authority of "a philosopher and a parliamentarian". "This is a societal matter, we should not be afraid to raise it," said Nicolas Hulot, wishing to set up a future group capable to draw conclusions concerning animal welfare.

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18.07.2017 – FOUR PAWS joins new animal welfare group BelgPAAG to fight online illegal pet trade

Belgium, 18.07.2017 – The international animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS is now part of the new animal welfare group BelPAAG (Belgian Pet Advertising Advisory Group) and will work jointly with the group to promote responsible pet advertising. Unscrupulous trading of puppies and other animals online is a growing concern across and outside Europe, due to the fact that no EU legal framework regarding online selling of pets exists, which makes this trend difficult to control.

Pierre SULTANA, Director of the European Policy Office of FOUR PAWS in Brussels stated that, “we are looking forward to cooperating with BelPAAG and we will work towards a collaboration to further strengthening consumer awareness and to track down and regulate this sector. FOUR PAWS has been actively involved in tackling illegal online pet trade of classified ads since 2016, and has developed a set of measures to protect animals sold online. In addition, it has ranked the 42 classified sites which it researched according to these measures. FOUR PAWS, International Pet Deception campaign (www.petdeception.org) has so far shown tangible results with some classified ad sites, introducing the measures to make their sites safer for consumers and for the pets sold on their sites. This includes Belgium, as it plays a signicant role in tackling illegal trade of pets. In this regard, our EU office in Belgium has ranked the three main classified ads websites, with whom we liased to improve their rules".

From the outset, animal welfare organizations, trade associations and veterinary bodies in the UK joined the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG), created in 2001. PAAG was established to combat and raise public awareness of irresponsible and unscrupulous selling and buying of pets online. The Belgian branch will establish a list of compliant websites based on IPAAG Minimum Standards, including providing important information on responsible buying of pets and providing a mechanism for the public to report adverts which do not meet IPAAG’s requirements. 

Julie Sanders Director of FOUR PAWS Companion Animals Program added that “it is important organisations join forces to lobby classified ad sites to introduce measures which protect animals being sold online. The lack of legislation in this area means that we need classified ad sites to take responsibility for ensuring that their sites are safe for both animals and consumers. One way to do this is to introduce the measures that have been developed by BelPAAG and FOUR PAWS. If introduced, these measures will not only help to reduce illegal activities, but also increase responsible selling and buying of pets online”.

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28.08.2017 Food integrity in the food chain: How can the animal production sector contribute? EAAP Annual Meeting in Tallinn

The ATF-EAAP annual meeting will take place on August 28th in Tallinn, Estonia, to discuss ‘Food integrity in the food chain:  How can the animal production sector contribute?’. The programme is now available online.

It will gather animal science with practice of animal production and connect researchers, policy-makers, industry representatives and societal organisations.

The Animal Task Force (ATF) promotes a sustainable and competitive animal production in Europe. They are a private partnership of experts from knowledge institutes and industry representative organisations from across Europe. They work closely together with EAAP on setting the European agenda for research and innovation in the animal domain.

The European Federation for Animal Science or EAAP is an international non-governmental organization which aims to improve the knowledge and the dissemination of research results of domestic animals farming. Membership is open to scientists, animal breeders and administrators.  

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The future CAP should include Animal Welfare in the decision-making processes of the EU Commission

FOUR PAWS calls for Animal Welfare friendly production to be taken into account

On 7th July 2017, during the conference ‘The CAP: Have your say’ in Brussels, members of civil society, industries and decision-makers gathered to discuss the needs of the future of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). FOUR PAWS and Eurogroup for Animals, represented the voice of animal welfare advocates, underlining the need to ensure that animal welfare was included in the discussions.

Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, presented the results of the public consultation based on over 322,000 contributions, from all EU Member States. The views of the EU citizens and stakeholders were gathered to identify the challenges and the priorities for the future CAP at the EU level. According to the results, Animal Welfare constitutes a major challenge. Although Commissioner Hogan expressed the need for “fresh money for fresh initiatives”, animal welfare was not mentioned throughout the conference.

Pierre Sultana, Director of the FOUR PAWS’ European Policy Office took this opportunity to underline that “the results of the public consultation clearly reveal that citizens are highly concerned with animal welfare and the EU Commission should therefore include this element in their decision-making. The intensive husbandry system should be adapted and include more sustainability and animal welfare standards.”

Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals comments, ‘’Today’s CAP has been successful in sustaining European agriculture, but has, along with global trends and competition within the agricultural market, encouraged the intensification of animal production, at the expense of animal welfare. With this recent public consultation, citizens and organisations across Europe have expressed the need for a future CAP to deliver its objective of promoting animal welfare. The Commission should take stock of public opinion to re-think the current CAP system that significantly improves animal welfare.’’ 

FOUR PAWS, insists on the urgent necessity and the importance of having good husbandry. Animal Welfare practices need to benefit both animals and farmers. In this respect, the EU Commission needs to recognize this and include improved animal welfare standards within the CAP, as this concern has clearly been displayed throughout the results of the public consultation.

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14.07.2017 Spain: open day webinar to present the Master “Animal, Law and Society”

On 14th of July, from 12:00 to 14:00 hours (eastern time), an OPEN DAY webinar will be held in order to announce the Master "Animal, Law and Society" and its program.
 
The contents of the course and the academic funtioning will be developed in the conference. Master students, alumni and professors will also make an introduction of the Master.
 
The contact email to apply is formacion@derechoanimal.info
 

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06.06.2017 – Kick-off meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare by the EU Commission

The European Animal Welfare Platform

FOUR PAWS is looking forward to exchange of shared best practices and the work to come, but reminds the EU Commission that they should take action too.

The international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS welcomes the first meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare, which gathered 75 representatives from NGOs, farmers’ organisations, scientists, EU Member States and other European countries (Switzerland, Iceland), international organisations such as FAO, OIE, and World Bank, and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Read our Press Release here

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

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

EU Platform on Animal Welfare https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/welfare/eu-platform-animal-welfare_en

More information on the platform: http://www.lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/enforcement-support/the-eu-platform-on-animal-welfare/

 

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06.06.2017 – Diana Plange becomes Berlin’s official Animal Welfare commissioner of Berlin

As of June 12, 2017, Diana Plange becomes Berlin's official Animal Welfare commissioner of Berlin. She follows the former animal welfare officer Prof. Horst Spielmann, who held a volunteer function.

Mrs. Plange will be part of a small unit of the Senator for Justice, Consumer Protection and Antidiscrimination, with an own office and assistant. The government of the city state of Berlin is red-red-green. Half of German Länders, have now an Animal Welfare officer.

Mrs Plange has reached, as former expert veterinary for animal welfare, some important court decisions, such as breeding companion animals with defects (Qualzucht) and lobster transport and keeping. She was in many of our events in Berlin and in Germany. She worked a great deal in the last years against dealers of puppies (Berlin is also near the border to eastern EU countries).

The Press Release is available here

Information on other animal welfare German officers is available here

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24.05.2017 – OIE, Adoption of the first global strategy for animal welfare

On May 24, 2017, 180 members of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) adopted the first global strategy for animal welfare. It was endorsed at the Fourth World Conference on Animal Welfare in Guadalajara, Mexico, in December 2016 and aims to achieve "A world where animal welfare is respected, promoted and strengthened, a growing improvement in animal health, human well-being, socio-economic development and environmental sustainability ".1

The strategy is based on the following four pillars:

  1. Development of international animal welfare standards
  2. Enhancement of capacity building and training of Veterinary Services
  3. Communication with governments, national and international organisations, and the public to raise awareness on animal welfare
  4. Progressive implementation of OIE standards on animal welfare and their corresponding policies

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The OIE Global Animal Welfare Strategy is available here

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