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Time to stop Barbaric Ivory Business

On 30/11/2012, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Efforts must be intensified to stop elephant poaching and drive down the global demand for Ivory, Intergroup member Catherine Bearder MEP (ALDE, UK)  has insisted. The call was made as MEPs this week met politicians from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries during the joint ACP-EU parliamentary assembly in Surinam. Mrs Bearder  led an […]

Parliament report closes ‘shark finning’ loopholes

On 27/11/2012, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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On 22 November the European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour  of the Commission’s proposal to close the loopholes in the EU ban on shark finning. Although the cruel and unsustainable practice of removing shark fins was banned in the European Union in 2003, loopholes exist that drastically undermine its effectiveness by allowing special permits […]

Conservation of the wolf population in Sweden

On 26/11/2012, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Letter of the Intergroup to Mr Janez Potočnik, Commissioner for Environment On behalf of the Members of the EP Animal Welfare Intergroup I am writing to you concerning the on-going discussions in Sweden about a minimum viable population of wolves. In early July of this year you met with Lena Ek, the Swedish Minister for […]

Report on rising threats from antimicrobial resistance

On 12/11/2012, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Last week, the  EP Environment Committee has adopted a report by Anna Rosbach on the rising threats from antimicrobial resistance  wich is very helpful. Antimicrobials (more commonly referred to as antibiotics) are often used on a regular prophylactic basis in industrial livestock production to prevent diseases that are almost inevitable when large numbers of animals […]

Non-commercial movements of pets: ENVI Committee rejects an EU-wide accessible database

On 12/11/2012, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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On Tuesday 6th November, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety voted on the draft report by Dr Schnellhardt MEP regarding the non-commercial movement of pet animals.  The outcome of the vote was both positive and negative in some aspects. Very disappointingly, most of the amendments for the introduction of a requirement for […]