The keeping of cats belonging to the Bengal breed is now strictly regulated in Wallonia, one of the 3 Belgian regions. The Bengal breed is the result of a hybrid between an Asian wild cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and a domestic cat. Up to now, the keeping of non-sterilised Bengal cats will be submitted to the obtention of a CITES agreement.
Since animal welfare became a regional competence last year in Belgium, the Walloon animal welfare minister Carlo Di Antonio has already adopted several progressive pieces of legislation.
More on http://www.wallonie.be/fr/bien-etre-animal-chats-bengals-conditions-de-detention
Belgian law was already prohibiting the possibility to "win" an animal in public events. But in fairs, the law was easily circumvented by offering to the winner "points" that he can exchange with an animal. Therefore, the animal was not considered as directly won, and goldenfishes, birds and rodents were still regularly offered in fairs.
But this week, the Walloon minister decided to change the law to definitively stop awarding animals as prizes, reward or gift.
More on http://www.dhnet.be/actu/belgique/gagner-un-poisson-rouge-a-la-foire-c-est-termine-5543a4cb35704bb01c10e67d#eedb0
This year, the enforcement and control officers of the Welfare Unit of the Belgium Ministry have seized 1,600 companion animals for lack of care and negligence. This represesents a decrease of 25% in comparison with last year's seizures. But last year and the year before, the economical crisis increased the averrage number of seizures.
All the animals seized have been given to animal welfare organisations and offered to adoption.
More information on: http://www.dhnet.be/dernieres-depeches/belga/mille-six-cents-animaux-de-compagnie-victimes-de-negligence-saisis-l-an-dernier-52e9f9413570e5b8eeea50a3
Up from January 2013, all wild animals will be prohibited in Belgium circuses, thanks to the recent adoption of a bill passed in July by the Health Ministry.
More information on http://www.lesoir.be/373708/article/actualite/fil-info/fil-info-belgique/2013-12-04/animaux-sauvages-interdits-dans-cirques-belges
Laurette Onkelinx, from the Belgium ministry of health has announced last week that the registration of dogs will not be manual anymore but will be processed electronically. This may help to limit the mistakes of registration, and will accelerate the process (2 days instead of a week).
More information on http://www.levif.be/info/belga-politique/l-enregistrement-des-chiens-pourra-se-faire-de-maniere-electronique/article-4000444641379.htm
According to a recent report of the Federal Public Service of Belgium for Health, the number of animals used for experiments in belgium has strongly decrease. Indeed, according to this report the use of animals in experiments has decreased of 9,64% : this number is the lowest since 2000.
More information on www.rtbf.be
Belgium Ministers Federal Council has passed a Bill on 12th July to ban wild animals in Belgium circuses. The bill still need to be validated by the Parliament.
More information on www.bornfree.org.uk