The Intergroup on the Welfare & Conservation of Animals is meeting on Thursday 14 September 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 hrs, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg (Room LOW N 3.), regarding the Commission's work programme on pig welfare – Will the EU manage to phase out the surgical castration of pigs by 2018?
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France's Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot announced on Wednesday 2 August, that he wants to "create a think tank on animal welfare" under the authority of "a philosopher and a parliamentarian". "This is a societal matter, we should not be afraid to raise it," said Nicolas Hulot, wishing to set up a future group capable to draw conclusions concerning animal welfare.
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Belgium, 18.07.2017 – The international animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS is now part of the new animal welfare group BelPAAG (Belgian Pet Advertising Advisory Group) and will work jointly with the group to promote responsible pet advertising. Unscrupulous trading of puppies and other animals online is a growing concern across and outside Europe, due to the fact that no EU legal framework regarding online selling of pets exists, which makes this trend difficult to control.
Continue reading 18.07.2017 – FOUR PAWS joins new animal welfare group BelgPAAG to fight online illegal pet trade
The Veterinary Record, official journal of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) publication ‘Joining things up on pet welfare’, highlight’s the need for legislation on pet welfare. It refers to the position paper, from the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and the report from the Blue Cross animal welfare charity, highlight the growing problem of dog trade in many European countries.
Read more on the position paper of FVE: ‘Profit should never take priority over animal health and welfare’.
Read more on the report of the Blue Cross for pets: “Unpicking the knots: The case for a more cohesive approach to pet welfare legislation’ in Great Britain.
FOUR PAWS calls for Animal Welfare friendly production to be taken into account
On 7th July 2017, during the conference ‘The CAP: Have your say’ in Brussels, members of civil society, industries and decision-makers gathered to discuss the needs of the future of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). FOUR PAWS and Eurogroup for Animals, represented the voice of animal welfare advocates, underlining the need to ensure that animal welfare was included in the discussions.
Continue reading The future CAP should include Animal Welfare in the decision-making processes of the EU Commission
The European Commission has published a leaflet for drivers on the EU rules on animal welfare during transport for animals transported to Turkey. Leaflet is available here.
FOUR PAWS is looking forward to exchange of shared best practices and the work to come, but reminds the EU Commission that they should take action too.
The international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS welcomes the first meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare, which gathered 75 representatives from NGOs, farmers’ organisations, scientists, EU Member States and other European countries (Switzerland, Iceland), international organisations such as FAO, OIE, and World Bank, and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Read our Press Release here
To review the web stream of the meeting: https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/inaugural-meeting-of-the-platform-on-animal-welfare
Click here to access the minutes of the meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare.
EU Platform on Animal Welfare https://ec.europa.eu/food/animals/welfare/eu-platform-animal-welfare_en
More information on the platform: http://www.lawyersforanimalprotection.eu/enforcement-support/the-eu-platform-on-animal-welfare/
As of June 12, 2017, Diana Plange becomes Berlin's official Animal Welfare commissioner of Berlin. She follows the former animal welfare officer Prof. Horst Spielmann, who held a volunteer function.
Mrs. Plange will be part of a small unit of the Senator for Justice, Consumer Protection and Antidiscrimination, with an own office and assistant. The government of the city state of Berlin is red-red-green. Half of German Länders, have now an Animal Welfare officer.
Mrs Plange has reached, as former expert veterinary for animal welfare, some important court decisions, such as breeding companion animals with defects (Qualzucht) and lobster transport and keeping. She was in many of our events in Berlin and in Germany. She worked a great deal in the last years against dealers of puppies (Berlin is also near the border to eastern EU countries).
The Press Release is available here
Information on other animal welfare German officers is available here
On May 24, 2017, 180 members of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) adopted the first global strategy for animal welfare. It was endorsed at the Fourth World Conference on Animal Welfare in Guadalajara, Mexico, in December 2016 and aims to achieve "A world where animal welfare is respected, promoted and strengthened, a growing improvement in animal health, human well-being, socio-economic development and environmental sustainability ".1
The strategy is based on the following four pillars:
Development of international animal welfare standards
Enhancement of capacity building and training of Veterinary Services
Communication with governments, national and international organisations, and the public to raise awareness on animal welfare
Progressive implementation of OIE standards on animal welfare and their corresponding policies
Read more here
The OIE Global Animal Welfare Strategy is available here
On 6 June 2017, the EU Platform on Animal Welfare Inaugural Meeting will take place in Brussels.
The Platform brings together 75 member organisations both from the public and private sector and relevant international intergovernmental organisations and has selected a total of 40 members from academia, industry and NGOs, among which FOUR PAWS is part of and will be represented by our expert Adolfo Sansolini.
The discussions will focus on the priorities set by the Commission on animal welfare and will be based on shared views by the members on the prospect of future EU actions related to animal welfare.
The following points will be discussed:
‘How can the Platform contribute to better application and understanding of EU legislation on animal welfare?’ (Enforcement)
‘How the Platform can contribute to promote EU animal welfare standards globally?’ (animal welfare and trade).
‘Examples on how the Platform can facilitate the use of voluntary commitments and promote market value of animal welfare friendly products.’ (including animal welfare labelling).
The draft agenda is available here
The meeting can be followed live.