13.07.2017 ‘Joining things up on pet welfare’ – a view on the need for pet welfare legislation in Great Britain

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.



Catalonia bans use of wild animals in circuses

On Wednesday 22nd July, the Catalan parliament voted in favor of a legislation aiming to ban the use of wild animals in circuses and similar performance.

More on http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/07/23/inenglish/1437642575_788570.html

This is a good news as wild animals are often kept in very poor conditions in circuses. Around the World, a lot of countries have already prohibited the keeping of wild animals in circuses, including 7 EU Countries. To raise the issue, FOUR PAWS organised in 2013 a conference "Wild animals in captivity" in collaboration with the Born Free Foundation (see: http://www.vier-pfoten.eu/conferences/2013/2013-conference-wild-animals-in-captivity-animal-welfare-law-and-enforcement/).

Follow also our new hashtag #FOURPAWSgowild


Removing the Blinkers: The health and welfare of European equidae in 2015

The Report has been done by Eurogroup for animals and World Horse Welfare. Among other recommendations it calls for species specific legislation to protect horses, donkeys and mules who so often fall between the cracks between legislation designed for farm or companion animals.

Read the report: http://eurogroupforanimals.org/files/news/downloads/747/eu_equine_report.pdf


Official answer of the EU Commission to the ECI "stop vivisection"

The Commission on the Stop Vivisection ECI: “With the goal of phasing out animal testing, Directive 2010/63/EU is still needed to protect the animals currently in laboratories”

The European Commission stresses the importance of Directive 2010/63/EU to guard animals

The European Commission released today, June 3rd 2015, a communication in response to the European Citizens’ Initiative “Stop Vivisection”. The Initiative was brought by 1.173.130 concerned citizens throughout the EU, and called for the repeal of Directive 2010/63 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes, in order to cease animal experimentation. The European Commission, after a thorough examination of the situation, decided to keep the current legislation. Major experts, who have been working on this field for decades, have come together and stressed that, while working towards the goal of full replacement of animals, Directive 2010/63/EU is an indispensable tool to protect those animals still in use. Science is not yet developed enough to work effectively in all areas without animal testing, and while its progress makes major steps in that direction, a legislation protecting those animals currently in use is indispensible.

The Commission highlighted its next steps towards the goal of ceasing animal experimentation: it will stay in close dialogue with the scientific community at both EU and international level to identify alternative test methods, organise a conference by end 2016 on how to advance towards the goal of phasing out animal testing, and actively monitor compliance with Directive 2010/63/EU. Not only will these actions be put in place, but also the Europen Commission will cooperate at the international level with several countries worldwide within the framework of the International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods (ICATM) and the International Collaboration on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR).

All winds are favourable for the sailor who knows where to go.


More information is available on: http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/documents/43



Transposition of the Directive on use of animals for scientific purposes

According to the EU Commission, all 28 Member States have now transposed into their national legislation the requirements of the Directive 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2010 on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (into force since January 2013)

More on http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/home_en.htm


Thailand adopted its first animal welfare legislation

On November 12 2014, Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) passed the very first law prohibiting cruel treatment of animals. This new law aims to protect any kind of animals in captivity or under humane care. Even if this law has to be welcomed as a very first step for more animal welfare in southeast Asia, the law has been considered as too vague and unprecised to protect effectively the animals.

Read more on: http://www.care2.com/causes/thailand-creates-first-animal-welfare-law-but-is-it-too-vague.html#ixzz3JycTkpHg


A curfew for Swiss Cats ?

Facing the problem of cat overpopulation, the Swiss authorities would like to implement a new very strict legislation including mandatory sterilisation, a one-cat policy and even a curfew for cats having outdoor access. Currently it is estimated 1,4 Million of cats in Switzerland.

The scientific and legal platform CAROcat created in 2013, promotes responsible ownership of cats through sterilisation, identification and registration, veterinary care but fore and foremost education. For more information, please visit http://www.carocat.eu. This new prject of legislation is partially embracing these basic elements.

More on http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/en-suisse-des-protecteurs-des-animaux-soutiennent-la-politique-du-chat-unique_1602883.html


The final component for Animal Welfare – Proper enforcement / Presentation VIER PFOTEN


On October 7th, Eurogroup for Animals together with the EU Intergroup for Animal Welfare organise a conference entitled Putting Animal Welfare at the Heart of the EU (please click here for more information on the event).  

Dr Marlene Wartenberg, Director of the European Policy office of VIER PFOTEN / FOUR PAWS has given a speech on Enforcement of Animal welfare legislation and introduced the Enforcement Network to the Members of the Parliament.

Please find here her presentation: The final component for Animal Welfare Proper enforcement – VIER PFOTEN EPO


Connecticut: an ask for banning commercial trade of cats and dogs

In Hartford (Connecticut) there is currently a bill to change the cats and dogs sale legislation, but the bill has been delayed. The animal rights activists are asking for a complete ban of the sale of cats and dogs, while the Pet Industry is asking for stricter sanctions for the breeders who infringed the current legislation.

More information on http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-puppy-mill-plan-0124-20140123,0,3190466.story