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.

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A new EU Barometer on Animal Welfare ?

The animal welfare umbrella organisation Eurogroup for Animals announced today in a press release that Commissioner Andriukaitis made the decision to launch a new EUROBAROMETER survey on animal welfare in 2015. An Eurobarometer is an official EU tool aiming to the EU to collect public opinion on one specific topic. The Eurobarometer ususally takes the form of a survey.

The last Eurobarometer on animal welfare was done in 2007. It concluded that there is a high and increasing citizen request for more animal welfare and for welfare labelling. The survey estimated that citizen were already well informed on animal welfare standards in meat production, but wanted to be even more informed. Please find the 2007 final report here

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UK: the ministry of agriculture published a 5 year progress report on animal welfare

This report summarises how the UK has contributed to improvements in EU and global animal welfare standards in the last five years.

It covers the illegal wildlife trade; farm animal welfare; the treatment of animals in laboratories; and appropriate links to International Financial Institutions (IFIs).

The report was commissioned by the Inter-Ministerial Group on International Animal Welfare.

The Report: animal-welfare-5-year-progress-report

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Animal Welfare in Serbia: good laws but poor enforcement


Serbia has the best Animal Welfare legislation of the World. Unfortunately, more than 8 years after their adoption, these laws are not enforced at all, which result in practice in a lot of animal suffering. People even don't know how and to who to report cases of animal cruelty.


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EU Commission report on Animal Testing

The EU Commission has published its report on the statistical data of animal experimentation in the EU (data from 2011).

According to the report, 11,5 Million animals have been used for testing in 2011 (half a million less than in the last report from 2009).

This small decrease is good but not a guarantee for an overall picture because due to a lack of an comprehensive animal experimentation strategy of the EU, animal testing is increasing.

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Result Report of the First Working Group is available




In June 2013, the first Working Group of the European Enforcement Network has been established. The first report of this working group is now available.



The Goal is to provide the EU Commission for the Animal Health Law Regulation with a suggestion to improve the coherence of definitions of all species of animals as a key element for better enforcement. This can be a benefit also for the planned EU Animal Welfare Framework Law. 

Out of the results of the first Working Group, a report has been done and will be used as a basis to submit the above mentioned suggestion.


The report

A questionnaire has been sent to the participants of this first working groups. Then, the results have been completed with the answers received in the frame of the call for participation published on the website.

The questionnaire was structures as following:

  • Part A: Coherence of the translation of the term “sentient being” (Article 13) 
  • Part B: EU Level:: "Animal", Companion Animal, Farm Animal, Wild Animal
  • Part  C: National Level


The report shows the following results: 
•    Article 13 TFEU:     
Lack of definition in the Treaty of Lisbon TFEU and diverse inadequate translations in some Member States. The most precise description in a legislation has been found outside Europe Australia.

•    Animals: 
No consistency at the EU level, and if, related to the respective purposes. At the national level, the preferred solution by the members is a list of species or at least biological criteria.

•    Categories of Animals: no consistency on both EU and National Level
o    Pet / Companion Animals 
While at the EU level, pet animals means mostly traditionally kept animals such as dogs, cats and ferrets, on the national level, the definition is based of the companionship keeping purpose of the animal, including the animals intended to be kept (Estonia, France, Italy).
o    Farm Animals
At both national and EU level, farm animals are defined on the purpose to be breed, kept and used by Humans. All members stated that it is just fair not to hide the fate of these animals. However, the definition should consider animal welfare.
o    Wild Animals
Surprisingly, there is almost no definition at the EU level. The effects of the non biological based definition has already  its effects on wild animals in circuses, as well as on animals in shelters and abandoned animals and their offspring. In the legal systematic, this leads to a two class system of animals, defined as domesticated animals on a biological basis, but not kept. These animals would have less protection than kept animals in this categorization. So, there are doubts if this is compatible with the basic principle of Article 13 TFEU covering all animals without distinction.