This is the first time that the Intergroup is headed by a President who has a degree in biology and specialized in subconscious perception in animals. Throughout his political career he has contributed to promote animal welfare policy and we are therefore proud that he has accepted to lead the Animal Welfare Intergroup until the end of this term.
We very much welcome as well the appointment of Esther de Lange as new Vice-President of the Animal Welfare Intergroup. Animal welfare was one of the reasons why she decided to go into politics following the mass culling of mostly healthy animals during the foot and mouth disease outbreak in early 2000. The reduction of long distance transport of animals destined for slaughter is another issue she has been directly involved since many years.
As further good news of this week we can announce that
Sophie Auconie (EPP, FR)
have joined the Intergroup as official Members.