Eurogroup for Animals launched its campaign to put animal welfare at the heart of the European Elections and make animal welfare an issue that gets citizens to vote and make a difference. In the year of the citizens the distance between the EU institutions and European citizens seems larger than ever. We need to engage the members of the next European Parliament, as the only directly elected EU institution, to bridge the gap between a world of paper and the interests of citizens and animals, of flesh and blood. To establish that crucial foundation Eurogroup starting today will ask every candidate MEP to make a pledge for animal welfare.
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Over recent years there has been a growing trend away from keeping traditional pets towards exotic animals, placing the EU as a top importer of tropical fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. Yet there is minimal EU legislation to protect their welfare, monitor non-CITES trade, and safeguard the health of humans and other animals from exotic animals. In addition, the regulation of the private keeping and sale of wild animals is left to EU Member States national legislation. While all of them have an animal protection law, the level of protection, the animals covered and the rules related to the private keeping and sale of exotic animals vary greatly from one country to another.
It is estimated that there are around 60 million owned dogs and 64 million owned cats in the European Union, but there is currently very little EU legislation to protect their welfare. National legislation can vary greatly, with some countries having strict legislation to protect dogs and cats and others having very little at all. This means that whilst many dogs and cats in the EU are loved and cared for as members of the family, the way in which they are treated can vary greatly across Europe.
There are three areas where you can be active and influential. Lobbying requires a coordinated approach and we have tried to provide some background information that will help you make the right contact and be effective;