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Posted on 23/07/2015
Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the publication yesterday of the European Commission’s EU Zoo Directive Good Practices, a document of crucial importance for the Member States as well as the Commission. The Good Practices document has been awaited for a long time and Eurogroup together with the European Parliament’s Intergroup for the Welfare and Conservation of the Animals recently called for its immediate publication as the delays had been unacceptable and animals were suffering everyday as a consequence.
Posted on 08/07/2015
EU Veterinary authority detects violations – Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) refuses consequences. Animal welfare coalition calls for import ban on horsemeat from Canada.
Brussels, 8 July 2015. The latest audit report of the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) has given the Canadian horsemeat industry poor grades. The focus of criticism are severe of-fences against consumer protection and animal welfare. Serious concerns are expressed regarding the traceability of the meat of horses from the USA and Canada. “The FVO audit report confirms our findings. For the approximately 70.000 horses that are slaughtered in Canada every year, there is no verification of the animals’ origin and medical treatment nor any control of the conditions experienced during purchase, transport and slaughter ensuring animal welfare”, says Sabrina Gurtner, project-manager of Tierschutzbund Zürich. “Methods of the Wild West are being used. It is systematically cheated, forged and mistreated. Only an import ban can end this torturous production“, claims Rein-eke Hameleers, director of Eurogroup for Animals.
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 11/06/2015
Eurogroup for Animals and World Horse Welfare are proud to publish ‘Removing the Blinkers: The health and welfare of European equidae in 2015’, the first ever report to investigate the scale of the horse sector in Europe, legislation affecting it and the key health and welfare challenges of the EU’s equids. During the European Parliament Intergroup for Animal Welfare and Conservation* in Strasbourg the two organisations presented the findings of the report, which among other recommendations calls for species specific legislation to protect horses, donkeys and mules who so often fall between the cracks between legislation designed for farm or companion animals.
Posted on 10/06/2015
'Are consumers ready to understand the added value of animal welfare in the food products they consume?’ This was the question asked today at the European Commission’s animal welfare conference in Milan and panellist Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals, gave an honest answer: “Consumers will be ready when EU policies and businesses take the necessary steps to better respect animal sentience and improve transparency. Unfortunately, at the moment there is no real and credible commitment from the EU or the wider business community to adequately support such welfare improvements at any significant scale. As a result millions of animals are suffering without consumer knowledge.”
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