Animal Health Law must holistically address transmissible diseases
Posted on 14/04/2014
On Tuesday 15 April, the European Parliament will vote on the Report of the Agriculture Committee on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Animal Health (COM(2013)0260). Eurogroup for Animals calls on the Members of the Parliament to ensure that the animal welfare improvements adopted in the Agriculture Committee’s report concerning improved prevention of transmissible animal diseases are maintained.
Eurogroup also endorses the general requirements concerning registration, record keeping and movements within the Union which should apply to pet breeders, traders and keepers. We also support the permanent identification and registration of dogs and cats moving across borders and hope that the acceptance of other tabled amendments will also ensure traceability and help ensure that potential causes of animal disease transmission are even more effectively tackled.
“Eurogroup for Animals supports this Report, which helps highlight the key principles that are necessary for ensuring a more holistic approach to combatting animal diseases and improving health”, said Reineke Hameleers, Director at Eurogroup for Animals.
“We welcome the proposed change of the title of the regulation which more closely matches the content of the proposed law and increases the focus on the prevention and control of transmissible animal diseases. We also welcome the inclusion pf numerous other related challenges which the report addresses such as reducing antimicrobial resistance, recognising disease concerns linked to transport, and improved consideration of the inter-linkages between animal health and animal welfare,” she added.
Other changes proposed include improved transparency and consultation with stakeholders when listing diseases covered by the regulation, as well as improved consideration of scientific and expert opinions related to relevant diseases.
Following the vote in Plenary, it is expected that the Parliament’s ‘first reading’ will be discussed in the Council working group in the coming weeks. Eurogroup for Animals and its members therefore call on all EU Members States to safeguard any related improvements that we hope will be adopted in Plenary and to further develop improved protection of animal health and welfare where appropriate. Intensive negotiations between Member States and the Parliament are expected in the coming monthswhich which are not expected to conclude before the second half of 2014.