The European Parliament’s Animal Welfare Intergroup for three decades has been an effective driver for initiating and promoting animal welfare related activities in the European Parliament. In many cases they thus led to considerable improvements of legislative proposals or has been the trigger for European Parliament’s own initiative reports.
Sometimes it has also been a focal point of debate on issues that have led to new legislation as the EU ban on marketing and trading in cat and dog fur and the EU ban on the import and trade in seal products.
The Intergroup is not a Parliament body and can therefore not express the Parliament’s opinion. However, its success and influence is due to its proactive Members who ensure that initiatives which have been agreed on in the Intergroup are taken up in the ordinary procedures of the Parliament.