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During the last plenary session, Keith Taylor co-tabled amendments to strengthen a draft opinion in the Parliament’s Petitions Committee (PETI) on the European Commission’s proposed animal welfare strategy until 2015.

Keith is a member of the European Parliament’s Animal Welfare Intergroup, as wellas the MEP leading on this file in PETI for the Greens/EFA political group.

One of the amendments expressed regret that the Commission has failed to make reference to, and to ensure coherence with, other policy areas that intersect with animal welfare such as the 7th Environmental Action Programme and the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. The amendments did however welcome the Commission’s objective of considering the feasibility of introducing a ’simplified EU legislative framework with animal welfare principles for all animals kept in the context of an economic activity, including where appropriate pets’.

Other amendments called for better implementation of the EU Zoos Directive, alternatives to animaltesting, minimum welfare standards for cats and dogs as wellas an immediate cessation of EU funding for bullfighting. An amendment also called for binding provisions on animal welfare to be included in free trade agreements that the EU concludes with third countries.

In light of the growing industrialisation of EU diary farming, Keith called on the Commission to develop a strategy to improve the welfare of dairy cows.  Finally, in recognition and support of the petition signed by over 1 million people and the declaration recently adopted by the Parliament, Keith tabled an amendment urging the Commission to introduce legislation to restrictlive animal transport in the EU to 8 hours.

The vote on these amendments, and others tabled to the draft opinion, willtake place on 8 May 2012.

Keith is also the Greens/EFA group spokesperson on the protection of animals during transportation file, currently being discussed in the Transport and Tourism Committee.

Keith and his colleague Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, jointly publish a regular newsletter on animalrights, called Making Tracks. Please see here for the latest edition. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please contact keithtaylor@greenmeps.org.uk

 

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