News in category International News
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 28/05/2015
The Norwegian government is removing the state subsidies to the Norwegian fur farms. As a result of the negotiations between the government and Norway’s largest farmers’ union, a total of 2.2 million euro is removed in state subsidies for the fur farmers out of 4.9 million euro.
Posted on 18/05/2015
Global aviation giant, Emirates Airlines, has sent shock-waves through the South African hunting industry after it became the second major airline to place an embargo on the transport of elephant, rhino, lion and tiger hunting trophies in less than a month.
The embargo becomes effective on Friday 15 May, a spokesperson for Emirates has confirmed.
Posted on 08/05/2015
As a result of a recent BBC Magazine Report, The Donkey Sanctuary has been made aware of a situation in Eastern Turkey in which there appears to be clear evidence showing that the authorities are killing and wounding mules used by smugglers to transport their contraband in the Kurdish region of both Turkey and Iraq. Without going into too much detail, as the report is harrowing, whilst we appreciate the difficult circumstances in which the Turkish authorities are working, we believe that there is no need to inflict this level of suffering on the loyal and innocent mules. Please rest assured though that The Donkey Sanctuary is working alongside colleagues at Eurogroup for Animals to apply pressure on both the Turkish government, who are confirmed candidates for accession into the EU, and the European Commission to ensure that this needless suffering is stopped immediately. In the meantime, if you would like to take positive action yourself, please voice your concerns to your local MEP
Posted on 06/03/2015
China has imposed a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings, amid criticism that demand among Chinese consumers is fuelling poaching in Africa. Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the temporary ban as being a first step forward, but regrets to observe that this falls short of addressing the root issue in the country - its large stockpile of legal ivory that provides for a legitimate domestic market.
Posted on 03/03/2015
Eurogroup for Animals supports the UN’s World Wildlife Day and calls on the European institutions, especially the European Commission to take its responsibilities seriously and to act today to make a difference. The illegal trade in endangered animal and plant species amounts to USD 19 billion and after drug trafficking, trade in counterfeit products, and trafficking in human beings, the most lucrative source of illegal earnings.
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