ICFAW signed a cooperation agreement with the OIE

ICFAW was formed in 2001 to represent non-governmental animal welfare organisations from all over the world at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). On May 2018, the two organisations signed an agreement which will strenghten their partnership to help improve animal welfare globally through the effective implementation of OIE animal welfare standards and guidelines.

FOUR PAWS is member of the ICFAW

Please find here below the ICFAW Press Release

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Press Release: CITES and IUCN bolster collaboration in tackling poaching and illegal wildlife trade

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature have signed an agreement this week to strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations in minimising the illegal killing of and related illegal trade in elephants and other CITES-listed flagship species in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific region.

More on: http://www.iucn.org/media/news_releases/?21814/CITES-and-IUCN-bolster-collaboration-in-tackling-poaching–and-illegal-wildlife-trade


Welcome to the Latvian presidency

Latvia is for the first time assuming the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1st January to 30th June 2015, taking it over from Italy and afterwards handing over the reins of the presidency to Luxembourg.

“The Presidency will continue to support all the efforts towards ensuring that animal and plant health and food safety standards are strengthened and enforced”

The Presidency has committed to engage the Council towards the following objectives:

  • Strengthening the transatlantic partnership, notably by making all efforts to conclude negotiations on an ambitious, comprehensive and mutually beneficial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement by the end of 2015, and enhancing relations towards other strategic partners.
  • Reaching an agreement with the European Parliament on the legislative proposal on animal health, which sets out a clear and single legal framework for the prevention and control of animal diseases that are transmissible between animals and to humans.
  • Organising an international seminar in Riga during spring 2015 which will focus on the need for increased biosecurity, as one of the key tools for the prevention of transmissible diseases that can be spread within the animal population.
  • Reaching a compromise among the Member States and launching negotiations with the European Parliament aiming to reach an agreement on the regulation for official controls along the food chain.
  • Preparing a legislative proposal for a regulation on the zoo-technical and genealogical conditions for trade in and imports into the Union of breeding animals and their germinal products, as well as regulations regarding the placement on the market of veterinary medicines and medicated feed.
  • Ensuring progress on the multi-annual management plans of fisheries in order to ensure their sustainable management and to achieve the goal of Maximum Sustainable Yield for all stocks.
  • Appropriately representing and coordinating the EU’s position in the negotiations on fisheries partnership agreements with third world countries and in meetings that are planned within multilateral organisations and with the coastal countries on fisheries issues.


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The list of EU Commissioners-designate is now available

The president of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker sent yesterday the list of Commissioners-designate to the President of the Council of the European Union.

Here is the list:

Vytenis ANDRIUKAITIS (Lithuania)

Andrus ANSIP (Estonia)

Miguel ARIAS CAÑETE (Spain)

Dimitris AVRAMOPOULOS (Greece)

Elżbieta BIEŃKOWSKA (Poland)

Alenka BRATUŠEK (Slovenia)

Corina CREŢU (Romania)

Valdis DOMBROVSKIS (Latvia)

Kristalina GEORGIEVA (Bulgaria)

Johannes HAHN (Austria)

Jonathan HILL (United Kingdom)

Phil HOGAN (Ireland)

Vĕra JOUROVÁ (Czech Republic)

Jyrki KATAINEN (Finland)

Cecilia MALMSTRÖM (Sweden)

Neven MIMICA (Croatia)

Carlos MOEDAS (Portugal)

Pierre MOSCOVICI (France)

Tibor NAVRACSICS (Hungary)

Günther OETTINGER (Germany)

Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ (Slovakia)

Christos STYLIANIDES (Cyprus)

Marianne THYSSEN (Belgium)

Frans TIMMERMANS (Netherlands)

Karmenu VELLA (Malta)

Margrethe VESTAGER (Denmark)

In addition to: Federica MOGHERINI (Italy), appointed High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy by the European Council in agreement with President-elect Juncker. 

Read the official press release here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-965_en.htm


North-Rhine-Westphalia (Germany): stop of tail docking on pigs for 2016

Yesterday, the Ministry of Agriculture of the German Land North-Rhine-Westphalia signed an agreement with two farmers' associations to stop routine tail docking on pig up from 2016.

Up to now, only Sweden, Finland and Lithuania have already banned this painful practice. 

More information in the press relase of PROVIEH : 140225_Campaign success for PROVIEH