Animal Health report adopted in plenary

On 18/04/2014, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

On Tuesday marit_paulsen-300x14715 April, the European Parliament has voted on the report by the Agriculture Committee on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Animal Health (COM(2013)0260). We congratulate Mrs Paulsen and the shadow rapporteurs – almost all Board Members of the Animal Welfare Intergroup, for this sound report which has included several improvements also for an animal welfare.

The report shows that the Commission proposal does not go far enough to address the root causes of animal disease occurrences, which in addition to affecting animals also poses environmental and public health challenges. In the wake of numerous disease outbreaks that have severely impacted the health and welfare of millions of animals, it was thus necessary to address animal diseases in a more holistic way.

Among other improvements, the agriculture report helps to ensure that the proposed law will act as a useful tool for minimizing transmissible diseases and animal suffering. It highlights the close linkages that exist between animal health and welfare, stresses the importance of reducing antimicrobial resistance, and recognizes disease concerns linked to transport. Other welcomed changes include improved transparency and consultation with stakeholders when listing diseases covered by the regulation, and improved consideration of scientific opinions.

Concerning the identification and registration of dogs the Parliament has adopted an amendment by Elisabeth Jeggle, EPP- shadow rapporteur which states the following:

By 1 January 2018, Member States shall introduce a registration requirement for dogs. The Commission shall submit to the European Parliament and the Council by 31 July 2019 a report on the experience of the Member States with the registration and identification of dogs, with particular reference to stray animals.  This report shall, if appropriate, be accompanied by a proposal concerning the minimum requirements applicable to databases pursuant to paragraph 1.


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