The president of PACMA, the Spanish animal welfare party, made an analysis of animal welfare issues in Spain and legislative loopholes.
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
In a recent written question, the Spanish MEP Marina Albiol Guzmán alerted the EU Commission on the increasment of pets abandonment in Spain. In 2014, at least 200 000 cats and dogs have been abandonned.
Question for written answer E-006505/2015 to the Commission Rule 130 Marina Albiol Guzmán (GUE/NGL)
Subject: Dramatic number of abandoned pets in Spain
Animal protection organisations have counted many thousands of cases in Spain of pets being abandoned. They calculate that at least 200 000 were abandoned last year. Furthermore, this shocking figure represents an additional problem for the public administration authorities, which have to spend resources on rescuing these animals and rehabilitating them. In this regard a citizens’ initiative has gathered over 280 000 signatures to date calling for substantial changes to the applicable regulations.
1. Does the Commission propose to implement any strategy regarding the well-being of pets?
2. Does the Commission intend to draw up a Directive to support the fight against the ill-treatment and abandonment of pets?
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
In the context of the EU animal welfare strategy 2012-2015 (1) the Commission commissioned a study on cats and dogs involved in commercial practices. The results are still under evaluation and will be properly considered by the Commission within the limits of its mandate.
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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.
Read the full report on http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5326_en.htm
Date: 10 and 11 July 2014
Location: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain
Costs: From 100€ to 200€ according your situation
Today, the EU Commission announced that 318 Million of Euros will be claimed to the Member States. This monney was given by the EU to the Member States in the frame of the EU agricultural policy funds. Every year, the EU Commission is checking the way the money is used in the Member States and can ask for reimbursement in case of breach of the rules.
This year, the EU Commission estimated that some sountries do not comply with EU Rules on CAP fundings. The main concerned countries are Denmark, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Finland and UK. France alone will have to reimburse to the EU Commission about 290 million of euros for weaknesses related to the allocation of entitlements or for deficiencies in the Young farmer measure and in the control of the subsidised loans.
José Antonio Canales Rivera, a famous Spanish torero was sentenced to pay a 600€ fine by a Spanish Court for animal abuse. The complaint came from an animal welfare organisation, and was related to the mistreatment of a horse. However, this is the first time that a bullfighter is condemned for animal abuse.
2014 International Animal Law Conference
Date: Friday and Saturday July 11 and 12, 2014
Location: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
On 6th April 2013, Frederic Vincent, spokeman of DG SANCO has asked the Spanish Authority to investigate the meat scandal. Indeed, last week the Dutch Newspaper "De Telegraaf" announced that dog and cat meat could have been found in Spanish animal feed but also in meatballs. The newspaper also reveals that few month ago the Spanish authorities have discovered a clandestine organisation producing dog meat used for animal feed.
More information: http://www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/21447138/___Spaanse_honden_in_gehaktballetjes___.html and http://www.la-clau.net/info/soupcons-de-viande-de-chien-espagnole-dans-des-boles-de-picolat-8127
21 March 2013
Willy Meyer (GUE/NGL)