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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Animals should be better protected during disasters

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Update of 31th May: The final report has been voted in plenary

FOUR PAWS welcomes today's European Parliament's ENVI vote recognizing the key role of animals during disasters

The EP Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety has overwhelmingly supported today the consideration of animals in a EU disaster related political text. The adopted report on the Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision No 1313/2013/EU on a Union Civil Protection Mechanism, rightly points out the importance to take animals into consideration when planning disaster risk prevention, by suggesting their inclusion in two different parts of the text.

Until now, the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, which aims at enabling a coordinated response to disasters, points out the importance of people, environment and property, including cultural heritage, but fails to include animals as potential victims during disasters, which is essential for the community to recover more quickly and to avoid poverty.

"Disasters demonstrate how much animals are an important part of our society: not only farm animals are crucial for many agricultural businesses and in the European economy, but also companion animals are important, as they are considered as members of the family. Finally, wildlife is a complete part of the identity of a country. For this reason, FOUR PAWS has been supporting for years, local communities that are victims of natural or man-made disasters, by helping animals", says Pierre SULTANA, Director of the European Policy Office of FOUR PAWS in BRUSSELS, and a trained First Animal Responder. Last year, FOUR PAWS assisted animals during humanitarian and rescue missions, such as in PUERTO RICO after hurricane Maria, or in GAZA, MOSUL and ALEPPO.

According to the European Commission's DG ECHO, for every euro spent in disaster prevention, 4 to 7 euros are saved in disaster response. "Given the importance of animals for the economy and the communities, we are pleased that the Parliamentarians encourage countries and the Commission to adopt a medium- to long-term and sustainable approach, to mitigate the impact of disasters on animals and to help develop awareness. The next step, shall be to ensure the planning, the implementation and the enforcement in the EU and national legislation thereof", warns SULTANA.

The report should now be voted during the plenary sessions of May or June 2018, before the launch of the trilogue negotiations.

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25.04.2018 – EU Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis: “We need to re-recognize that animals are sentient beings.”

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FOUR PAWS hosted the first International Animal Welfare Summit in Vienna, Austria

Brussels, 25th April 2018 – International animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS hosted the first International Animal Welfare Summit in Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna on 24th April. The theme of the event: “Animal welfare – question of the future or luxury problem?”. More than 300 guests were in attendance to hear speeches and discussions from experts from the fields of science, nutrition, economics and arts.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen took over the patronage for this first of its kind event. In his humorous speech, he spoke of animal welfare "as a matter of the heart". Animal welfare was "thank goodness no longer a luxury topic". Rather, it is "an existential question that concerns us all." The summit is a step in the right direction: "Today we will ask ourselves questions and try to find solutions for them together."

European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, also emphasized the importance of animal welfare: "We need to re-recognize that animals are sentient beings." Andriukaitis spoke of the EU's recent achievements in animal welfare, but also on the huge challenges yet to come.

Host Heli Dungler, founder and president of FOUR PAWS, addressed a bitter truth in his welcoming speech: Over the next 30-40 years, the number of farm animals on earth will double. The emergent countries in particular will greatly increase their meat consumption. Dungler warned against the effects of this development not only on animal welfare, but also on the environment.

In his eagerly awaited interview on stage, Ai Weiwei, Chinese conceptual artist and human rights activist, talked about his personal connection with FOUR PAWS. When he did a research piece on refugees in Gaza a few years ago, he came across a tiger rescued by FOUR PAWS. The animal was trapped in an abandoned zoo in Gaza. Animals, according to Ai Weiwei, have always been part of human life – and have been victims of humans for far too long. It's time to reflect on human values ​​and show more responsibility to all living creatures, he added.

Renowned author, activist and scientist Raj Patel took over with his keynote on the topic "A Planet for All?". In his lively and entertaining talk, he focused on cheap mass production with all its devastating effects on humans, animals and the environment.

The present Jordanian Princess Alia, founder of the "Princess Alia Foundation" and long-time companion of FOUR PAWS, was appointed to a special ambassador of the Animal Welfare Summit.

More information about the IAWS 2018 can be found here: http://www.iaws2018.org.

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21.03.2018 – International coalition to fight online trafficking of wild animals

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The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), TRAFFIC, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare launch ‘The Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online. The goal is to reduce by wildlife trafficking online 80% by 2020! Giant tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft join in partnership to work together.

Read more on https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/wildlife-watch-tech-companies-online-wildlife-crime-coalition/.

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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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06.06.2017 – Scotland to ban wild animals in circuses

On May 10th, the Scottish Government introduced a bill, based on ethical grounds, prohibiting the use of wild animals in traveling shows. A public consultation in 2014, revealed that a prevalent majority of 98% supported the idea of excluding wild animals in travelling circuses.
You can follow the bill’s progress here
Read more here

 

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6.04.2017 Regulating the sale of companion animals in the European Union

The Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals met on Thursday 6 April 2017, to discuss the need to regulate the sale of companion animals in the European Union.

The President of Eurogroup has referenced and endorsed FOUR PAWS international “The Pet Deception campaign” and the strategic objectives regarding breeder and seller registration and public accessible database.

Eurogroup’s Press Release is available here

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29.03.2017 EU wide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses is needed

An EU wide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses is needed. That’s the conclusion of the conference "Use of Wild Animals in Circuses : Time for a Change", held on 28 march 2017, co-hosted at the European Parliament by Marlène Mizzi MEP (Malta, S&D), the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals and organised by Eurogroup for Animals. More than half of EU states and in more that 50 States worldwide already adopted National legislations aiming at banning animals in circuses.

Throughout the presentations the following points have been raised:

  • The general public preferences’ are changing, supporting the idea of circuses without animals. New alternatives for contemporary circus art exist without animals.
  • Circuses are not suited for wild animals as their needs are not fulfilled. They need a suitable environment and transport ensuring their welfare.
  • The use of wild animals in circuses brings a misguided public perception and educational message of wild animals.
  • Public security and safety
  • The need to have best practices in circus entertainment
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28.03.2017 – “Conference on the use of wild animals in circuses: time for a change”

The Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialist & Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D), the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals and Eurogroup for Animals, are organizing the “Conference on the use of wild animals in circuses: time for a change”. The event will take place on 28 march 217, at the European Parliament in Brussels (room ASP A1E201), from 15:00-17:00.

Access to the agenda is available here

Conlusions of the conference are available here

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