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An audit of the European Court of Auditors on animal welfare

On 17/03/2017, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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During yesterday’s Intergroup meeting which saw the appointment of Isabella De Monte (S&D, IT) as  new Vice-President of the Intergroup, Janusz Wojciechowski, the former President of the Animal Welfare Intergroup and now a Member of the European Court of Auditors (ECA), spoke about the upcoming launch  of an EU wide ECA audit on animal welfare. […]

Ending the brutal fate of the Spanish galgo

On 09/03/2017, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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On Wednesday 8th March, Anja Hazekamp (MEP, GUE/NGL – Netherlands), Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals, hosted the event “Broken spirit – The galgo’s last run”, which focused on the fate of galgos in Spain. Representatives from Greyhound Rescue Holland and Dutch Galgo Lobby also attended the event. […]

CONFERENCE ON THE USE OF WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES:  TIME FOR A CHANGE

On 08/03/2017, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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  Tuesday 28 March 2017 15:00-17:00 room ASP A1E201 European Parliament, Brussels Over the last few years, hundreds of European municipalities and 18 EU Member States have adopted limitations for using wild animals in circuses on the ground of public security, animal health, conservation, ethics and welfare. This trend is a reflection of the decreasing public support […]

MEPs call for an official EP inquiry after damning investigations reveal barbaric treatment of European exported livestock

On 06/03/2017, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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MEP’s, Belgian Minister for Animal Welfare Weyts, Member State and EC officials and other critical stakeholders, today attended Animals International (AI), Tierschutzbund Zurich/Animal Welfare Foundation (TSB|AWF) and Eurogroup for Animals’ compelling footage release showing breaches of European animal welfare legislation and international agreements concerning live animal transport from the EU to Turkey, the Middle East […]

Exotic pet trade urgently needs regulation: Europe needs “Positive Lists”

On 28/02/2017, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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On Monday 27 February,  the Maltese Presidency, the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals, AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection, Eurogroup for Animals  and Jadwiga Wiśniewska MEP (ECR, PL)  called for the EU’s attention to the exotic pet trade. Over the past decades, Europe has seen a growing number of exotic animals being kept as pets. Keeping […]

Commissioner Andriukaitis presents new ‘Platform on Animal Welfare’

On 16/02/2017, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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On Tuesday 14 February 2017 Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety addressed the Animal Welfare Intergroup on the latest animal welfare policy developments at the EU level. Please click here to access his full speech.  He announced the Commission will be able to address the outstanding points of the EU Animal Welfare […]

Conference: “Think Positive – Why Europe needs Positive Lists to regulate the sale and keeping of exotic animals as pets”

On 16/02/2017, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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The Animal Welfare Intergroup together with the Maltese Presidency of the Council, Eurogroup for Animals, AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection   and  Jadwiga Wiśniewska MEP (ECR, PL)  will host the conference “Think Positive: Why Europe needs Positive Lists to regulate the sale and keeping of exotic animals as pets”, which will take place on Monday 27 […]

Ending the investment of international finance institutions into intensive animal agriculture outside the EU

On 09/02/2017, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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On Wednesday 8 February, the Greens/EFA Group, the S&D Group and Humane Society International (HSI) hosted the event “Investing in animal suffering?”, which focused on investment policies of international finance institutions (IFIs) into intensive animal agriculture outside the EU and its impacts on animal welfare and EU farmers. Dr Chetana Mirle, Director, Farm Animals at […]

AGRI-Report on responsible ownership and care of equines: adoption in Committee

On 26/01/2017, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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The Animal Welfare Intergroup welcomes the adoption of the AGRI-own initiative report on responsible ownership and care of equines, which has been voted on in the Committee on Agriculture on Wednesday 25 January 2017. The report by Julie Girling MEP (ECR, UK), includes many of the key conclusions from the study ‘Removing the Blinkers : […]

Rabbits offered hope for minimum protection standards

On 26/01/2017, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Yesterday afternoon, the EP Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development has overwhelmingly supported the own initiative report by Stefan Eck MEP (GUE/NGL, DE) on minimum standards for the protection of farmed rabbits. The adopted report  calls on the European Commission to  draw up a road map towards financially sustainable minimum standards for the protection of […]