Belgium (Wallonia): strict regulation on the keeping of 'Bengal' cats

The keeping of cats belonging to the Bengal breed is now strictly regulated in Wallonia, one of the 3 Belgian regions. The Bengal breed is the result of a hybrid between an Asian wild cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and a domestic cat. Up to now, the keeping of non-sterilised Bengal cats will be submitted to the obtention of a CITES agreement. 

Since animal welfare became a regional competence last year in Belgium, the Walloon animal welfare minister Carlo Di Antonio has already adopted several progressive pieces of legislation.

More on http://www.wallonie.be/fr/bien-etre-animal-chats-bengals-conditions-de-detention

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Supermaket chain "Aldi" will stop to sell meat from castrated piglets for 2017

This week, the supermarket chain Aldi announced to its suppliers that for 2017 it will stop to sell pork meat from castrated animals. Since 2013, almost all belgium supermarkets chains have stopped to sell meat from castrated piglets.

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https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2008/10/aldi_lidl_to_stop_selling_cast/

http://boars2018.com/2013/05/champion-stops-selling-meat-from-castrated-pigs/

http://boars2018.com/2013/04/cora-stops-with-selling-meat-from-castrated-piglets/

http://www.vilt.be/duitse-supermarkt-kiest-voor-niet-gecastreerde-varkens

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Belgium: prohibition to win an animal in fairs

Belgian law was already prohibiting the possibility to "win" an animal in public events. But in fairs, the law was easily circumvented by offering to the winner "points" that he can exchange with an animal. Therefore, the animal was not considered as directly won, and goldenfishes, birds and rodents were still regularly offered in fairs.

But this week, the Walloon minister decided to change the law to definitively stop awarding animals as prizes, reward or gift.

More on http://www.dhnet.be/actu/belgique/gagner-un-poisson-rouge-a-la-foire-c-est-termine-5543a4cb35704bb01c10e67d#eedb0

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Belgium: in 2013, 1,600 pets seized by the Belgium authorities for negligence

This year, the enforcement and control officers of the Welfare Unit of the Belgium Ministry have seized 1,600 companion animals for lack of care and negligence. This represesents a decrease of 25% in comparison with last year's seizures. But last year and the year before, the economical crisis increased the averrage number of seizures.

All the animals seized have been given to animal welfare organisations and offered to adoption.

More information on: http://www.dhnet.be/dernieres-depeches/belga/mille-six-cents-animaux-de-compagnie-victimes-de-negligence-saisis-l-an-dernier-52e9f9413570e5b8eeea50a3

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Belgium: Registration of dogs will be now electronically done

Laurette Onkelinx, from the Belgium ministry of health has announced last week that the registration of dogs will not be manual anymore but will be processed electronically. This may help to limit the mistakes of registration, and will accelerate the process (2 days instead of a week).

More information on http://www.levif.be/info/belga-politique/l-enregistrement-des-chiens-pourra-se-faire-de-maniere-electronique/article-4000444641379.htm

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