European Parliament takes steps for the protection of animals in EU environmental action
Posted on 25/04/2013
Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the outcome of yesterday’s vote in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee on the General Union Environment Action Programme to 2020.
It is a step forward that the Committee has accepted amendments which will result in the improvement of animal welfare as part of enhancing the sustainability of EU agriculture, thereby ensuring better environment protection. It will also reduce the number of animals used in the safety testing of a wide range of chemicals and new materials such as nanoparticles while guaranteeing a high level of product safety, integrating environmental concerns in other EU policy among which trade agreements as well as promoting sustainable consumption and production, including animal welfare, at global level areas.
“The Environment Committee has improved the content of the Commission’s proposal and it is really refreshing to see that it wants animal welfare to be part of future actions to protect the environment. We hope that the rest of the Parliament will endorse this approach when it is discussed and voted on in plenary,” commented Véronique Schmit, Executive Officer - Policy at Eurogroup for Animals.
“Environment Action Programmes have played an important role in shaping environmental policy over the last 40 years and we hope the General Union programme to 2020 will continue this and ensure animal welfare is fully considered over the coming seven year period,” she concluded.