France: Outrage after a chocking video in a slaughterhouse, 11 NGOs requests a governmental enquiry

Last week, the French animal welfare organisation L214 has shocked the whole country after the publication of a video footage from an "EU organic certified" slaughterhouse where you can see unbearable cruelty. This happens only few months after the released by the same NGO of another video footage screened in another slaughterhouse showing cruelty and animal abuses.

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The Council supports the idea of creating an EU Animal Welfare Platform

FOUR PAWS welcomes the European Council’s support to the idea of creating an EU Animal Welfare Platform

During its Council Agriculture and Fisheries session held on 15th February 2016, the European Council has welcomed the idea to create an EU animal welfare platform, suggested by the German, Swedish, Danish and Dutch delegations.

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New campaign of Eurogroup for Animals: 'Protect our Pets'

9 September 2015

Eurogroup for Animals has launched a major new campaign to improve the welfare of Europe’s cats and dogs. The Protect Our Pets campaign tackles the growing, underground and illegal pet trade in Europe once and for all.

Today pets are being traded illegally within Europe. This illegal trade severely impacts upon the health and welfare of the animals involved. Many are born in inhumane circumstances, are poorly socialised, transported great distances, and all too often at great risk contracting diseases. Unsuspecting owners buy these pets, often on-line, and are regularly left heartbroken when things go wrong. This needs to stop!

The campaign uses multi-media tools and social network channels to spread the message and the Protect Our Pets campaign urges members of the public to call for pets across Europe to be properly identified and registered, and therefore linked to an owner.  A dedicated website has also been set up to facilitate members of the public contacting their MEPs and calling for action now>

“We want to make the invisible, visible. We want to close the loopholes that allow this trade to flourish, and to ensure that dogs, cats and other pets are protected, both from the trade itself, and from the serious disease and behavioural risks that threaten the health and welfare of all animals and owners alike,” stated Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals.

To achieve this Eurogroup for Animals is working actively with the European parliament and in particular Renate Sommer MEP who pushed forward an initiative for a Motion for a Resolution asking the European Commission to mandate the introduction of harmonised national systems for the identification and registration of pets in each Member State, based on the system which has been adopted for equines.

The campaign also calls on members of the public to urge their elected MEPs to write to Commissioner Andriukaitis, the Commissioner in charge of Animal welfare calling for the harmonisation of identification and registration requirements for pets across the EU.

"It is increasingly clear that as long as we have a patchwork of systems for pet identification and registration, the illegal trade in pets will flourish in Europe. We need effective ways to trace ownership cross border, and this requires harmonisation of identification and registration requirements at national level,” stated Renate Sommer MEP.

"It is time for pets – dogs, cats, and exotic pets too – to be recognised as legitimate animal and public health concerns. The European Commission has a clear role to play in the prevention and management of veterinary public health issues. That's why I am determined to see that the European Parliament as a whole adopts a Resolution, calling for the Commission to use its powers in this area. It's time to ensure that Europe's pets are properly protected," she concluded.


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)

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A scholarship to study animal law in Portland, Oregon

Together with the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS), the Stiftung für das Tier im Recht (TIR) is pleased to announce the TIR European Scholar LL.M. Award. The award provides up to a 50% tuition reduction towards the Animal Law LL.M. degree at Lewis & Clark Law School, the world’s first and only postgraduate law degree focused specifically on animal law.

The innovative Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) in Portland, Oregon/USA, offers the world's first and only LL.M. program in animal law. With over twenty years of experience in animal law education, CALS has an impressive list of pioneering achievements, including the first animal law dean, the first full time faculty member dedicated to teaching animal law, the first Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter (SALDF), the first and longest-running academic animal law conference, the first animal law journal, the first national animal law competitions, and the first Animal Law LL.M. (Master of Laws) program in the world. In 2013, Dr. Gieri Bolliger, executive director of TIR was the first international LL.M. recipient.

Today, CALS and TIR are looking for ways to further strengthen animal law legal education on an international level. Against this background, the TIR European Scholar LL.M. Award was created in recognition of the importance of fostering collaboration on an international level in the field of animal law. As part of the award, CALS will offer up to a 50% LL.M. tuition reduction to the selected candidates. Any European law graduate or practicing attorney looking to immerse completely in the specialized animal law courses is eligible to apply. The award is available for the 2015-2016 academic year beginning August 30, 2015. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2015.

If interested, then please contact:

Natasha Dolezal
Director, Animal Law LL.M.
+1 503 768 6967


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February Infringement Package: EU Commission refers ITALY to the Court of Justice for failure to recover milk levies due from Italian producers

Agriculture: European Commission refers ITALY to the Court of Justice for failure to recover milk levies due from Italian producers

The European Commission decided today to refer Italy to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to meet its responsibilities adequately with regard to managing the recovery of the levy for overproduction of milk. This levy should be paid by individual producers having exceeded their individual dairy quotas.

Italy exceeded its national quota every year from 1995 to 2009, and the Italian state paid the Commission the due superlevy amounts over the said period (2.305 billion EUR). However, despite repeated requests by the Commission, the Italian authorities have clearly not taken appropriate measures to effectively recover the levy payable from the individual producers/dairies, as requested by the relevant EU legislation. This undermines the quota regime and distorts competition with those producers who respected their quotas and those who have taken steps to pay their individual superlevy bills. As underlined by the Italian Court of Auditors, this is also unfair on Italian taxpayers.

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GMOs: the EU is discussing in favor of more national restrictions

The GMOs regulation is currently going to be revised in order to permit Member States to prohibit GMOs on their national territory. In the actual state of play, Member States could restrict the use of GMOs on their territory, but this restriction was not easy to set up in practice. Consequently, the Commission proposed amendments to the current rules and they are currently being discussed by the Parliament and the Council. 

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