06.06.2017 – Kick-off meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare by the EU Commission

The European Animal Welfare Platform

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/

 

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06.06.2017 – Diana Plange becomes Berlin’s official Animal Welfare commissioner of Berlin

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

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24.05.2017 – OIE, Adoption of the first global strategy for animal welfare

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:

  1. Development of international animal welfare standards
  2. Enhancement of capacity building and training of Veterinary Services
  3. Communication with governments, national and international organisations, and the public to raise awareness on animal welfare
  4. Progressive implementation of OIE standards on animal welfare and their corresponding policies

Read more here

The OIE Global Animal Welfare Strategy is available here

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6.06.2017 – FOUR PAWS first meeting at the EU Platform on Animal Welfare

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.

 

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15.05.2017 – FOUR PAWS selected for membership of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare.

The European Animal Welfare Platform

Brussels 15.05.2017 – The international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS is pleased to announce that it has been selected for membership of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare. The aim of the “Platform on Animal Welfare”, launched by Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, is to “promote an enhanced dialogue on animal welfare issues at EU level among competent authorities, businesses, civil society and scientists.”

The Platform is composed of 40 members, in representation of business and professional organisations, NGOs, and independent scientific experts. Animal welfare organisations will be represented by, FOUR PAWS International, Eurogroup for Animals, Animals’ Angels e.V., Compassion in World Farming, European Forum for Animal Welfare Councils (EuroFAWC), Humane Society International, Organisation for Respect and Care of Animals (ORCA), RSPCA International, World Animal Protection and World Horse Welfare. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 6 June 2017, in Brussels.

Our full Press Release is available here 

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11.04.2017 – Meeting on animal welfare and workshop on “Animal consciousness and implications for animal welfare scientific advice”

The European Food and Safety Authority and The Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) are organizing a meeting on animal welfare and workshop on “Animal consciousness and implications for animal welfare scientific advice” on 11 & 12 of May in Parma.

Further information is available here 

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06.04.2017 – EP Intergroup on Animal Welfare meeting

The Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals is meeting on April 6, in the European Parliament in Strasbourg (Room LOW N 3.2, from 10:00 – 11:00 hrs).

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Regulating the sale of dogs and cats in the EU – Joe Moran Political Affairs, Adviser at Eurogroup for Animals
  • "The pet deception "- a FOUR PAWS campaign on poorly regulated trading of pets on classified ad sites – Daniela Pichler International Head of Campaigns FOUR PAWS
  • The need for an EU action plan to tackle the illegal trade in dogs and cats – Simona Lipstaite European Policy Advisor, EU Dog & Cat Alliance

Further information regarding the agenda is available here

Information on the outcome of the conference is available here

 

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PETI Committee, “Animal welfare in the European Union” (Pr. Donald M. Broom)

In response to a growing number of petitions received, the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament reviewed a new study by Professor Donald M. Broom, department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, entitled “Animal Welfare in the European Union” and discussed possible violations of applicable EU law.

Access to the report is available at here

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16.03.2017: Breakthrough for the Animal welfare party (PvdD) of Marianne Thieme at Dutch national elections

It is a notable breakthrough for the Animal welfare party of Marianne Thieme (‘PartijvdDieren, PvdD) who gets 5 seats instead of 2 during the previous election.

Prime Minister Mark Ruttes’ center-right VVD party wins elections with 33 of parliament’s seats out of 150. It is Mr Rutters third successive term as a Prime minister. In second place follows Mr Geert Wilders Freedom Party (PVV) with 20 seats, while the Christian Democrats (CDA) and the Liberal D66 party close behind with 19 seats each. The GreenLeft wing party led by Jesse Klaver, has shown a breakthrough, 16 seats against 4 in 2012.
The participation rate compared to previous elections shows that the Dutch have voted in large numbers, as the participation rate was 82 %, one of the highest rates over the last thirty years.

More information is available here.

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