Presentation by Prof. Donald Broom on progress and future prospects for Animal Welfare in the European Union

On 19/01/2017, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Today, Donald M. Broom, Emeritus Professor from the University of Cambridge gave a presentation on “Animal Welfare in the European Union: progress so far and future prospects”. This issue is of particular relevance as new EU policy making and legislation on animal welfare has come almost to a standstill. For this term, the European Commission […]

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Dolphinaria in Europe

On 15/12/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Today the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals has discussed about dolphinaria in the European Union, an issue which raises concerns and divides public opinion. There are 32 captive cetacean facilities in the EU across 15 Member States which keep a total of 311 animals. The majority of these are bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops […]

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CULT-Committee report on an integrated approach to Sport Policy

On 02/12/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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On Monday 5th December 2016, the Committee on Culture and Education will vote on the draft report by Mr Takkula MEP on an integrated approach to Sport Policy: good governance, accessibility and integrity. Whilst supporting the report as such, there are concerns with paragraph 35 which states the following: 35.Considers that traditional sports are part of the […]

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Alternatives to animal testing and the Dir. 2010/63/EU

On 24/11/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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The Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals met today to discuss alternatives to animal testing and the Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. It has been 6 years since the Directive entered into force and 3 years since Member States were to transpose the Directive into their legislation. In addition, in […]

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The management of invasive alien species

On 27/10/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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The Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals met today to discuss the progress and the effects of the implementation of the EU Regulation on invasive alien species. Four months after the European Commission’s adoption of a first list of 37 invasive alien species of Union’s concern, Members of the European Parliament discussed this controversial issue with […]

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Animal rights activists and hunters clash over ‘game’ bird shooting in the Burgenland, Austria

On 13/10/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Last Sunday, Stefan Bernhard Eck MEP together with one of his assistants accompanied a group of animal rights activists from „VGT Austria“ (Verein gegen Tierfabriken Österreich) to document and film a large-scale ‘game’ bird shooting near Gattendorf, in the Burgenland, the easternmost state of Austria. Pheasants and partridges are used for this dubious sport which […]

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MEPs discuss AGRI draft report about minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits

On 06/10/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Today, Members of the European Parliament discussed the AGRI-draft report about minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits which has been drafted by Stefan Eck MEP (GUE/NGL, DE). Rabbits are, in numbers, the second most farmed livestock species in the European Union with over 330 million slaughtered each year. There is a pressing need […]

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Promotion of a harmonised internal market for pig meat from pigs that have not been surgically castrated

On 23/09/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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On 28-29 September 2016, the Committee on Budgets will vote on the budgetary amendments and pilot projects of the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017- all sections. Also this year, several budgetary amendments and proposals for pilot projects have been tabled that address a variety of animal welfare related issues. […]

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MEPs urged to back plan for better equine welfare

On 15/09/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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During today’s  meeting  of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals which  has focused on  the welfare of equidae, Members of the European Parliament have been urged by Europe’s leading equine welfare organisations to back an own initiative report * by Julie Girling MEP (ECR, UK) on responsible ownership and care of equines, […]

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Preparing for the 17th Conference of the Parties to the CITES

On 07/07/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Today, the Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals met to discuss the proposals and working documents submitted by the Parties and the EU’s strategic objectives for the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to be held in […]

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