Motion for a Resolution on minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits

An Initiative Report on the welfare of rabbits was done by MEP Stefan Eck and lead to a Motion for a Resolution done by the AGRI Committee. 

Please read the Resolution and the Report here


Motion for resolution on eliminating the practice of tail-docking of pigs

The European Parliament,
–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,
A.  whereas animal welfare associations have drawn attention to the practice of tail-docking in a number of pig farms, a practice which causes the animals a lot of pain since no anaesthetic is administered;
B.  whereas 25 million pigs are reared every year in France alone, primarily for their meat;
C.  whereas 95 % of pigs are kept in cramped and overcrowded buildings, on slatted floors or in confined conditions, and are not given proper space to lead a natural life;
D.  whereas these practices must, therefore, be abolished as a matter of urgency, especially given the existence of alternatives;
1.  Calls on the Commission to initiate a debate on how best to integrate the elimination of tail-docking of pigs into national animal welfare strategies.

Full document available in here.


European Parliament Motion for a resolution on animal transport

On August 9 the European Parliament has published a motion for a resolution on animal transport . 

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–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport acts to protect animals in transit in all the Member States in order to prevent them suffering unnecessarily;

B.  whereas Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) stipulates that the Union and the Member States are to pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals as sentient beings when formulating and implementing policies;

C.  whereas the European Court of Justice has ruled in Case C-424/13 that the Regulation has to be complied with in non-EU countries too if the animals concerned started their journey in an EU Member State;

D.  whereas investigations conducted over five years into animal transport conditions at the Turkish border in Kapikule have revealed animals forced to travel in extremely high temperatures, without any food or water, without sufficient headroom, some injured, all crammed together in their own excrement and with no possibility of receiving any care;

E.  whereas Italian exports to Turkey quadrupled between 2014 and 2015;

1.  Calls on the Commission to draw up measures that put protection of animal welfare before the commercial interests of the states involved in animal transport operations.