Posted on 16/03/2015
Eurogroup and our member organisation ANDA have been in contact with Commission officials and representatives of the EU reference laboratory for biotoxins in Spain to obtain information on the status of the implementation of the alternative method for biotoxin testing. It appears that all Member States now comply with the legislation and no longer use the animal method.
Posted on 13/03/2015
European animal welfare organisations and political parties have been criticising the stunning of slaughter pigs with carbon dioxide for years. CO2 stunning is, from the point of view of animal welfare, a “torturous stunning method, because the pigs suffer from pain and panic for up to 60 seconds”, says project manager Sabrina Gurtner, Animal Welfare Foundation. Already 10 years ago, the European Food Safety Authority EFSA asked the Member States to phase out stunning by CO2, as it is no humane method. “Now the European Parliament has for the first time addressed this topic”, declares Sabrina Gurtner.
Posted on 13/03/2015
During its 310th session the Intergroup called on the Commission to phase out killing methods which cause intense suffering to animals, such as slaughter without stunning, the use of CO2 stunning for pigs and the use of electrical water-bath stunners for poultry as soon as possible.
Posted on 11/03/2015
Eurogroup for Animals will participate in the seminar about trophy hunting of canned lions in the European Parliament on Tuesday 17 March. The well-known South African photo-journalist Ian Michler will present extracts of his upcoming documentary on trophy hunting and will comment on his film.
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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