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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 : […]

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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 […]

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Presentation by Prof. Donald Broom on progress and future prospects for Animal Welfare in the European Union

On 19/01/2017, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Today, Donald M. Broom, Emeritus Professor from the University of Cambridge gave a presentation on “Animal Welfare in the European Union: progress so far and future prospects”. This issue is of particular relevance as new EU policy making and legislation on animal welfare has come almost to a standstill. For this term, the European Commission […]

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Dolphinaria in Europe

On 15/12/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Today the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals has discussed about dolphinaria in the European Union, an issue which raises concerns and divides public opinion. There are 32 captive cetacean facilities in the EU across 15 Member States which keep a total of 311 animals. The majority of these are bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops […]

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CULT-Committee report on an integrated approach to Sport Policy

On 02/12/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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On Monday 5th December 2016, the Committee on Culture and Education will vote on the draft report by Mr Takkula MEP on an integrated approach to Sport Policy: good governance, accessibility and integrity. Whilst supporting the report as such, there are concerns with paragraph 35 which states the following: 35.Considers that traditional sports are part of the […]

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Alternatives to animal testing and the Dir. 2010/63/EU

On 24/11/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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The Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals met today to discuss alternatives to animal testing and the Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. It has been 6 years since the Directive entered into force and 3 years since Member States were to transpose the Directive into their legislation. In addition, in […]

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