Animal rights activists and hunters clash over ‘game’ bird shooting in the Burgenland, Austria

On 13/10/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Last Sunday, Stefan Bernhard Eck MEP together with one of his assistants accompanied a group of animal rights activists from „VGT Austria“ (Verein gegen Tierfabriken Österreich) to document and film a large-scale ‘game’ bird shooting near Gattendorf, in the Burgenland, the easternmost state of Austria. Pheasants and partridges are used for this dubious sport which […]

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MEPs discuss AGRI draft report about minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits

On 06/10/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Today, Members of the European Parliament discussed the AGRI-draft report about minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits which has been drafted by Stefan Eck MEP (GUE/NGL, DE). Rabbits are, in numbers, the second most farmed livestock species in the European Union with over 330 million slaughtered each year. There is a pressing need […]

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Promotion of a harmonised internal market for pig meat from pigs that have not been surgically castrated

On 23/09/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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On 28-29 September 2016, the Committee on Budgets will vote on the budgetary amendments and pilot projects of the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2017- all sections. Also this year, several budgetary amendments and proposals for pilot projects have been tabled that address a variety of animal welfare related issues. […]

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MEPs urged to back plan for better equine welfare

On 15/09/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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During today’s  meeting  of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals which  has focused on  the welfare of equidae, Members of the European Parliament have been urged by Europe’s leading equine welfare organisations to back an own initiative report * by Julie Girling MEP (ECR, UK) on responsible ownership and care of equines, […]

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Preparing for the 17th Conference of the Parties to the CITES

On 07/07/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Today, the Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals met to discuss the proposals and working documents submitted by the Parties and the EU’s strategic objectives for the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to be held in […]

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Science without animals in Europe?

On 01/07/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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On Tuesday 28th June, the Group of Socialists and Democrats, the Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing and the Johns Hopkins University have held a seminar at the European Parliament titled “science without animals in Europe?” The event which was sponsored by Animal Welfare Intergroup Member Isabella de Monte (S&D, IT) brought together representatives of […]

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Janusz Wojciechowski,  winner of this year’s EU4Animals award

On 27/06/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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During the Annual Conference of Eurogroup for Animals, on Wednesday 22 June 2016, Janusz Wojciechowski, the former President of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals has won this year’s EU4Animals award. This award was created in 2014 to recompense an EU-policy maker or entity with outstanding merits for the improvement of animal welfare policy […]

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Exhibition – The Secret of the Cage Age: Rabbit Farming in the EU

On 15/06/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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From 20 – 23 June 2016, Compassion in World Farming will be holding the exhibition “The Secret of the Cage Age: Rabbit Farming in the EU“ in the Forum Area, ASP3D at  the European Parliament in Brussels. The exhibition will be hosted by  Stefan Bernhard Eck  MEP (GUE/NGL, DE), Vice-President of the Animal Welfare Intergroup  and has the objective to raise […]

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Debate on Trade and Animal Welfare

On 09/06/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Today,  the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals hosted a meeting in Strasbourg’s European Parliament. It was a unique opportunity to discuss the interlinkages between EU trade policy and animal welfare. The topic of the meeting, which was moderated by the Intergroup President Sirpa Pietikäinen, was the potential for international trade policy to […]

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Election of Sirpa Pietikainen as new President and appointment of Jadwiga Wisniewska and Petras Austrevicius as Vice-presidents of the Animal Welfare Intergroup

On 09/06/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Today, the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation has elected Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (EPP, FI) as new President. She will chair the Intergroup until the end of this term. The other candidate for President was Jørn Dohrmann (ECR-DK). Mrs Pietikäinen is one of the outstanding promoters for animal welfare in the European Parliament and on […]

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