14.03.2017 Historical event: approved MEP Stefan Eck’s own initiative Report on minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits, initiative launched by MEP Stefan Eck

On 14 March the EU parliament voted in favour of MEP Stefan Eck’s own initiative Report on minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits in Europe.  

The European Commission has to propose, within an appropriate time frame, a legislative proposal on minimum standards for the protection of farmed rabbits.

There are over 340 million rabbits farmed in the EU and no specific EU legislation on minimum standards for the protection of rabbits so far existed. This is a step forward not only regarding to the rabbits welfare, protecting and improving the living and slaughter conditions. It will also have a positive impact on farm management and practices, in respect to their biological and behavioural needs.

Access to the report is available here .

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09.03.2017 Report on minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits

On March 14th MEPs will vote on the Report on minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits 2016/2077(INI). The Report calls on the European Commission to consider the need for higher welfare systems for rabbits and present legislative proposals on setting minimum standards (more background information: click here)

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​International experts propose a roadmap to the EU Commission on improving the welfare of dogs and cats in the EU.

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VIER PFOTEN/ FOUR PAWS European Policy Office

PRESS RELEASE

Brussels, 23.06.2016

​International experts propose a roadmap to the EU Commission on improving the welfare of dogs and cats in the EU.

“Identification, vaccination and movement of dogs and cats in the EU: How to improve the Pet Passport and TRACES systems?” conference 

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Petition No 2032/2013 by by Nuria Menendez de Llano Rodriguez (Spanish), on the violation of EU legislation on the protection of wolves in the region of Asturias, Spain

Petition No 2032/2013 by by Nuria Menendez de Llano Rodriguez (Spanish), on the violation of EU legislation on the protection of wolves in the region of Asturias, Spain 

Continue reading Petition No 2032/2013 by by Nuria Menendez de Llano Rodriguez (Spanish), on the violation of EU legislation on the protection of wolves in the region of Asturias, Spain

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Eurobarometer 440

The special Eurobarometer 440 concerning Europeans, Agriculture, and the CAP (the Common Agricultural Policy) has already been published by the EU Commission, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development and co-ordinated by the Directorate-General for Communication.

One of the main objectives was to check the awareness of the EU citizens of agricultural issues, such as: the main responsibilities and the role of farmers in the society, the assessment of the EU financial aid provided to farmers, the recognition of quality labels, the benefits provided by the forests – just briefly mentioned about the most prominent areas of the EU survey, which were copied with the animal welfare standards and best practices.

According to the report of the Eurobarometer 440, the animal welfare has become one of the key fundamental issues and best practices among the farmers, which is being currently meticulously scrutinized and assessed by the EU citizens. What is definitely good news for the all farmed animal lovers is the fact that “ensuring the welfare of farmed animals is the leading responsibility in six Member States with more than half of respondents in most of these countries considering this to be the main responsibility of farmers in their society”. When it comes to the specific results of the survey, it is relevant to pinpoint that the more farm animal welfare supporters are from Sweden (58% of respondents), the Netherlands (56% of respondents), and Luxembourg (56% of respondents), whereas the Bulgarians (9% of respondents) and Latvians (12% of respondents) are definitely opponents on this aforementioned issue. In the report of the Eurobarometer 440 has also been specified that the welfare of farmed animals has increased in the EU Members States with 8% in the comparison with the last survey, which were conducted in November 2013.

Currently, the animal welfare is being considered as the second most vital responsibilities of farmers in our society by 35% of respondents (just after a reply: supplying the population with a diversity of quality products, which was pointed out by 42% of respondents) and it is worth highlighting that this answer was ranked fourth in the last survey from 2013. What is even more surprising, the largest increase has been noticed in Luxembourg (+24%) as well as Malta (+18%), Portugal (+17%), France (+14%), Romania (+11%).  

Another key question has been concerned a matter of the justified reduction of the farmers’ EU subsidies if they are not complying with rules for the environment, food safety and animal welfare. According to the respondents’ opinion, it is absolutely justified to reduce farmers’ EU donations if they do not respect the animal welfare rules (87% of respondents). Italy (78% of respondents) and Romania (74% of respondents) are the only exceptions of the EU countries, which were against this EU policy. The most avid supporters of the animal welfare standards are from Sweden (88% of respondents), Denmark (79% of respondents), the Netherlands (77% of respondents). It has also been revealed that “the largest increases in respondents who are of the view it is justified to reduce subsidies if farmers do not respect  the rules are observed in Bulgaria – animal welfare standards (80%, +13pp) and in Ireland (89%, +11pp). In Belgium, the level of support for the EU to reduce payments for non-compliance is very high, almost it has declined since 2007 (87%, -7pp)” . 

When it comes to the socio demographic analysis, women were more about ensuring the welfare of farmed animals (38% of respondents) than men (31% of respondents). Moreover, the younger people (15-24 years old) were also more animal supporters (39% of respondents) than older people, who are aged 55 or over, (32% of respondents).

VIER PFOTEN encourages you to read more about our own private label on some meat products "Tierschutz-kontrolliert". You can find an article written in German here: http://www.vier-pfoten.de/themen/weitere/guetesiegel/.

Read the whole report and summary of the Eurobarometer 440 here:

http://ec.europa.eu/COMMFrontOffice/PublicOpinion/index.cfm/Survey/getSurveyDetail/instruments/SPECIAL/surveyKy/2087

 

Sources: http://ec.europa.eu/COMMFrontOffice/PublicOpinion/index.cfm/Survey/getSurveyDetail/instruments/SPECIAL/surveyKy/2087

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Report on 2014 infringements of EU legislation

Today, the EU Commission has published its report for 2014 on the infringement of EU legislation. 

It shows that number of infringement procedures opened has decreased. Greece and Italy are on the top for infringement, followed by Spain, Belgium, Poland and France. The lowest number of infringement is in Croatia, Estonia and Malta.

The main domain concerned by infringement is Environment.

 

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Read the full report on http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5326_en.htm

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Animal Welfare Police launched in Bulgaria

Bulgaria has taken the first steps towards the establishment of an animal welfare police service. By a decree of the Minister of the Interior, each regional police department will assign 2 policemen who will be specialized in investigating animal-related crimes. This was announced last Thursday at a press-conference in Bulgarian parliament by Mr. Emil Radev, MEP and member the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals. A further agreement between the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food will also be signed in connection with the establishment of the unit, since the Animal Protection Act is within the jurisdiction of the agricultural authority.

Mr. Radev was confident that the specialized units will help speed up the process of investigation of crimes against animals. Currently less than 20% of all registered crimes against animals since 2011 have been resolved, according to official statistics. The animal welfare police officers will undergo trainings, organized together with animal welfare charities.

FOUR PAWS, who have been campaigning actively for a specialized unit for investigation of animal-related crimes, welcome the launching of the animal welfare police in Bulgaria. According to Yavor Gechev, Head of Communications of FOUR PAWS Bulgaria, the establishment of animal welfare police is important not only for the protection of the animals, but also for the development of civic society in this country, as there is a close link between cruelty to animals and crimes against people. The organization is ready to provide assistance to the Bulgarian authorities with the training of the new unit by organizing seminars and inviting guest lecturers from countries where similar units already exist.

Within this new animal police, Bulgaria became the fourth European country, and third EU Country to have such a dedicated police.

Such a dedicated unit has existed in the Netherlands since 2011: “The Animal Cops” with a dedicated hotline to report abuses. Since this date, the Netherlands has had a special office to deal with several animal welfare issues including animal cruelty, animal negligence, illegal trade and zoophilia.

In 2014, The Belgium region Wallonia has improved its system by creating a special animal unit and by creating an online formulary to report animal abuse.

This year, in Norway, the country’s government has announced plans to set up a police force for animals. As a pilot project, the police will be tested for three years, and if the results are conclusive, the project might become more permanent.

We can also mention Italy which has a dedicated police "Corpo Forestale dello Stato" responsible for enforcing poaching laws, safeguarding protected animal species and preventing forest fires. But it doesn't concern all animals.

The creation of animal police is not only helping the animals, but also has positive impacts on prevention of violence toward humans. Therefore we hope that in a near future more countries will follow this good example and stop to consider animal crimes as secondary.

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