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Posted on 06/07/2015
On Tuesday 7 July, the European Parliament will vote on Sirpa Pietikäinen’s (EPP, Finland) own-initiative report on the circular economy. Eurogroup for Animals and its members, support this very good initiative, which if adopted in Plenary, will help to support progress towards a truly circular and resource efficient economy.
Posted on 03/07/2015
Eurogroup for Animals has today launched a Memorandum outlining its position on animal welfare related policies that will be discussed as part of the Luxembourgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The Luxembourg Presidency term will coincide with a time where the College of Commissioners needs to take some very important decisions on animal welfare. At the end of this year, the current Animal Welfare Strategy (2012-2015) will expire while 11 out of 20 points are still not delivered. Eurogroup for Animals calls on the Luxembourg Presidency to ensure full delivery of the current strategy and urge the Commission to put forward a new Animal Welfare Strategy 2016-2020.
Posted on 18/06/2015
Eurogroup4Animals has presented three awards in recognition of their recipients’ contribution to animal welfare at its Animal Welfare Conference held in Brussels today.
The three awards and their recipients were:
• The EU4Animals Award – Keith Taylor MEP
• The Corporate4Animals Award – LIDL Belgium
• The Campaign4Animals Award – AAP, rescue centre for exotic animals
Posted on 05/06/2015
An exception to the EU ban on trade in seal products was deleted by the Internal Market Committee on Thursday. MEPs ruled out EU sales of seal products from “maritime resource management” hunts, in line with a 2014 World Trade Organisation ruling. But another exception, for the Inuit community, whose way of life depends on these products, remains.
Posted on 03/06/2015
Today the European Commission published their response to the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) ‘Stop Vivisection’. The success of this ECI reaching the required million signatures highlighted the fact that animal testing remains a great concern for the citizens of the EU and these concerns must be addressed.
Posted on 08/05/2015
Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance member organization Djurens Rätt reports that the County Administrative Board's license has been retracted for a mink farm in Blekinge county due to shortcomings in animal husbandry, small cages and a greater number of minks than the license permitted. In total, three Swedish mink farms are threatened by fines.
All three farms are owned and operated by the same person who now has to get rid of an estimated 87,000 minks as the farms are no longer authorized to carry out fur farming.
The Swedish County Board has taken the shortcomings in animal husbandry seriously and decided to withdraw and reject the applications for new permits. This means that no new minks will be reared on these farms as long as the farms break important rules about the number of animals and cage size.
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