24.05.2017 – Minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits – Follow up to the European Parliament resolution of 14 March 2017

During 2017 information gathered on health and welfare of farmed domestic rabbits will be published in 2018 in an overview report in 2018. The report aims at understanding the rabbit production sector, identify good practices relating to the health, welfare and housing of rabbits reared for meat production. Further information is available 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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PETI Committee, “Animal welfare in the European Union” (Pr. Donald M. Broom)

In response to a growing number of petitions received, the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament reviewed a new study by Professor Donald M. Broom, department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, entitled “Animal Welfare in the European Union” and discussed possible violations of applicable EU law.

Access to the report is available at here

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23.03.2017 The Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament reviews the new study “Animal Welfare in the European Union” by Professor Donald M. Broom

Brussels, Thursday 23 March 2017 – In response to a growing number of petitions received, the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament reviewed a new study by Professor Donald M. Broom, department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, entitled “Animal Welfare in the European Union” and discussed possible violations of applicable EU law.

The study reveals that 35% of EU animals are unprotected. The Eurobarometer indicates that there is an increase of animal welfare concern and demands, leading to new welfare-friendly markets within and outside the EU.

A vast majority of EU citizens believe that both enforcement of existing animal protection legislation and the development of new Animal Welfare policy and legislation are needed, as there are still species that are not protected by law. This has an impact on the EU’s reputation an image on the rest of the world.

The study also emphasises on the serious animal welfare problems that are not covered by law in the EU. The report recommends the elaboration of a general animal welfare law or species specific legislation and the mention of animal sentience & welfare.

The animal user industries, animal protection groups and policymakers share the view that animal welfare legislation and policy should be based on science, on research on animal welfare and on the exchange of information.

Access to the report is available at here

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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

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06.03.2017 Civil Society Statement on the Reform of European Agricultural Policies, Good Food, Good Farming – Now

On  Monday 6th, 2017 , over 154 European civil society organisations representing environmental and social justice networks, organic farmers, pastoralists, peasants, sustainable forestry groups, health groups, animal welfare organisations, consumer rights bodies, development, fair-trade, cultural heritage and rural development organisations, consumer co-operatives, sustainable tourism and crafts associations from 25 EU countries have today called on EU leaders to carry out a radical reform of the CAP and related policies.

In a common statement titled ‘Good Food, Good Farming – Now’ the signatories state that the current food and farming system is no longer functioning, since it props up the agro-industrial status quo, and call for a fundamental reform of Europe’s broken agricultural policy.

Access to the full press release is available here

Access to the Statement is available here

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European Platform on Animal Welfare

The European Animal Welfare Platform

On 24 January 2017, the Commission decided to establish the Commission Expert Group “Platform on animal Welfare” to promote animal welfare issues at EU level. An Intergroup meeting regarding the establishment of the Platform on animal Welfare Platform took place on Tuesday 14 February 2017. The Platform was presented by Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis.

Further information on the Platform on Animal Welfare on a dedicated page here

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