Outrage in UK as the Government as the Government released details of the 3.87million experiments carried out on mammals, birds and fish last year

On October 22nd 2015, the UK government released details of the 3.87million experiments carried out on mammals, birds and fish last year. These information has lead to the angriness of animal welfare organisations across UK.

The experiments were described as causing “'unacceptable levels of suffering” and the Government came under attack for failing to reduce the numbers of animals used in laboratories

More on http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/614011/Outrage-millions-experiments-carried-out-animals

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UK magazine Dogs' today relating the VIER PFOTEN Wild?Me? Campaign

The UK Magazine "Dogs'today" has devoted an article on the VIER PFOTEN Campaign against the consideration of stray dogs as wild animals in the EU Animal Health Law.

Read more about the campaign Wild? Me? here: http://www.vier-pfoten.eu/news-press/archive/press-releases-2014/non-kept-dogs-and-cats-are-not-wild-animals/

Read the article here: 20150511_Dogs Today_Protecting strays from the call of the wild 

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UK: Life of badgers will be spared

 

Badgers just won a battle in UK: after years of debate, the British Government has decided last Thursday that the eradication campaign will not be extended to badgers. Unfortunately, badgers are often considered as pest species and are accused to spread the Bovine Tuberculosis (TB)

FOUR PAWS believes that  badger cull is bad for farmers, bad for taxpayers and bad for wildlife. FOUR PAWS supports the Queen legend Brian May’s e-petition to help stop the killing of these vulnerable animals (http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257). 

More information on http://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2014/04/07/en-grande-bretagne-la-victoire-des-blaireaux_4396749_3244.html 

and articles on FOUR PAWS UK website's http://www.four-paws.org.uk/campaigns/wild-animals/uk-wildlife/badger-cull-going-ahead/ and http://www.four-paws.org.uk/campaigns/wild-animals/uk-wildlife/environment-secretary-delays-badger-cull-until-next-year-/

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Commission to recover €318 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States, mainly from France

 

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.

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UK: First centre dedicated exclusively to studying dogs’ ability to understand humans

In Portsmouth University (UK), the first centre to study dogs/human relationship has opened this month. The centre is part of the department of psychology, but the results will also help to improve dog welfare.

More information on http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/10799874.University_opens_centre_to_study_how_dogs_understand_humans/ 

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Commission to recover €180 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States

A total of €180 million of EU agricultural policy funds, unduly spent by Member States, is being claimed back by the European Commission today under the so-called "clearance of accounts procedure". UK, Poland and Denmark are the Countries who will have to reimburse the most.

More information in the offcial Press release of the EU Commission here

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ECHR: the Ban on paid political advertising for animal welfare in the UK is justified

Today, in the case law Animal Defenders International v.the United Kingdom (application no. 48876/08), the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has stated that UK has not infringed Article 10 on freedom of speech where UK has denied the possibility to a UK Animal Welfare organisation (hereafter ADI) to advertise on TV or radio

Continue reading ECHR: the Ban on paid political advertising for animal welfare in the UK is justified

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