Animal welfare missing in recent European Parliament vote for labelling of processed meat

Following the EU Directive 1169/2001 which will require labelling of fresh meat products according to where the animals were raised and slaughtered as of April 2015; the Parliament has voted for a similar step towards labelling of processed meat and has requested the European Commission to take preparatory steps towards this ends. Products with processed meat would then be labelled with the country of origin of its primary ingredients of animal origin.


“Labelling according to country of origin for both fresh and processed meat can help in establishing basic traceability and transparency in the food supply chain. In this regards, we welcome European Parliament’s initiative and encourage the Commission to take actions on this subject. However, from an animal welfare viewpoint and in order to really help consumers make informed choices, the label should include location of birth of the animals, the housing system in which the animals were raised and slaughter information. For this reason FOUR PAWS encourages and will continue to encourage voluntary labels which go beyond Parliament’s suggestions and recommend the Commission to come with an ambitious proposal in this sense” said Pierre Sultana, Director of the FOUR PAWS European Policy Office in Brussels. FOUR PAWS calls on the Commission to take this into consideration in its preparatory work towards labelling of meat products.


Australia: a political coalition to "protect" intensive farmers against animal welfare organisations

The Agriculture Minister of Victoria (one State of Australia) has announced that he will ensure that a law on the "protection" of food producers against animal welfare organisations will be edicted. This law was already a promess done by him during the 2010 election campaign. 

The Minister Mr Walsh, said that "it's particularly important to protect intensive poultry and pig farmers, because of biosecurity threats from intruders".

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Italian Presidency of the EU Council


Since 1 July 2014 and until 31 December 2014, Italy has presided the EU Council, succeeding to Greece and Lithuania. The EU Council is the institution that represents the governments of the 28 Member States. It has for main mission to negociate and sign EU legislation together with the EU Parliament in the frame of the so-called "ordinary" or "co-decision" legislative procedure.

As the EU Council Presidency rotates every 6 months according to a pre-set order, to ensure the continuity of the EU legislation, a "trio" system has been established since the Lisbon Treaty. Three Presidencies have to prepare a 18 months programme (a common agenda to address the main topics and issues the Council will deal with). 

With the Italian Presidency starts a new trio, made up of Italy, Latvia and Luxemburg. The trio has adopted its programme in June 2014. This programme provides in particular that "The three Presidencies shall devote adequate attention to free circulation, traceability and health of animals since it has a direct impact on human health and on the treatment with dignity of all animals and of pets in particular".

The Italian Presidency will have to continue the work started by the previous trio regarding the so-called "Animal and Health Package" including:

– official controls and other official activities intended to ensure the effective application of laws on plant health and phytosanitary production, animal health and food and feed production

– placing on the market of veterinary medicines and medicated feed 

– cloning of animals for food production and placing on the market of food from clones

– zootechnical and genealogical conditions for trade in and imports into the Union of breeding animals and their 
germinal products

–  revision of the hygiene package


On the basis of the Trio programme, Italy has provided a more detailed programme for its 6 months Presidency. In its programme, Italy specifies that regarding Animal Health, "a global conference will be held in Italy, in agreement with the European Commission and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)".


Next Presidency will start in January 2015 and will be held by Latvia.


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Ukraine: Animals in Zoos are suffering of the political crisis

Animals are starving in Ukrainian Zoos since the beginning of the political crisis due to a lack of monney to take care of them.

Ex-President Viktor Yanukovych's private zoo, with over two thousand animals, was abandoned when he fled the country in February. Although the condition of the facility in Kiev is beautiful and modern, the animals are completely without food and there are reports that some of the animals have been stolen by looters 

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Eat animals alive: the new cruel "fashion" food

All around the World, many animals such as sea food, insects or even frogs are eaten alive. Eating live food is considered a real delicacy in some parts of the world. Live-food connoisseurs actually believe the meat tastes better if the animal is still alive, partly alive, or taking its final breaths before you eat it.

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EU Commission tables proposals on animal cloning and novel food

On December 2013, the EU Commission adopted three draft laws on animal cloning and on novel food which will provide legal certainty in this field. Two proposals will ban the use of the cloning technique in the EU for farm animals1 and the imports of these animal clones. 

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