Four Paws launches new website of the European Enforcement Network

On 23/01/2013, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

On 22 January 2013, a new website on the  enforcement of European Animal Welfare legislation has been officially launched by the European Policy  Office of the International Animal Welfare Organisation „VIER PFOTEN Stiftung für Tierschutz / FOUR PAWS“.

It is now available at:

This website has been created in partnership with the Stiftung für das Tier im Recht, Deutsche juristische Gesellschaft für Tierschutzrecht (DJGT), and the Research Group ADS/ALS of the Universitat Autόnoma de Barcelona (UAB).  It has the goal to exchange legal facts and knowledge as well as practical political experience related to animal welfare enforcement structures and tools in the Member States. Target groups are Animal Welfare lawyers, Animal Welfare Commissioners, Animal Welfare Ombudspersons, Veterinarians, Politicians, Animal Welfare Organisations.

Thanks to this user friendly website, it is possible to quickly identify the enforcement challenges of EU animal welfare legislation and to check the level of enforcement reached by the Member States.

On the first page a map of Europe permits to discover already existing enforcement tools on national level, not only in the 27 EU Member States but also in accession countries.

The website gives the links to all animal welfare related EU legislation and policies but also to helpful related information such as EP written questions or official enforcement reports. National Animal Welfare legislation is also accessible.

Marlene Wartenberg, Director of the EPO of Four Paws International , stated “The website has been welcomed as an excellent practical and educational tool, by representatives of the Cabinet and of the Animal Welfare Unit of the EU Commission, DG SANCO, by members of National Permanent Representations as well as by NGOs. This is an encouraging start”.

The website which is entirely accessible to the public, is one of the instruments of the European Enforcement Network created on 13th June 2012, as an outcome of the EU Conference “Enforcement of Animal Welfare related Legislation”, organised by VIER PFOTEN / FOUR PAWS European Policy Office and Eurogroup for Animals. The conclusion of this conference has underlined the lack of uniform and coherent enforcement of EU legislation. Taking this in consideration, the Network has been created by VIER PFOTEN with the overall goal to develop a sustainable “culture of enforcement” in advantage of the animals.

The Network already counts more than twenty members, all animal welfare lawyers or practitioners working for animal welfare legislation.



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