Majority of animal welfare amendments adopted in Animal Health law opinion
Posted on 23/01/2014
Eurogroup for Animals is pleased that the majority of animal welfare related amendments were adopted by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee when it voted on Kartika Liotard’s draft opinion on the proposed EU Animal Health law.
The adopted animal welfare amendments aim to improve the recognition of animals as sentient beings, recognise good animal management practices as a component of disease prevention, that will help stop the horrific outbreaks of diseases such as foot and mouth that we have seen recently, and help to prevent animals suffering while these disease outbreaks are eradicated.
The Opinion also includes amendments that improve the transparency of implementing measures aimed at controlling the spread of transmissible disease.
“We welcome the Environment Committee’s Opinion, which greatly improves the original Commission proposal however we are disappointed that amendments to support the permanent identification and registration of dogs and cats moving across borders were not adopted. This is of real concern to us and to animal health, as registration of such animals would enable them to be traced in the event of a disease outbreak, and enable vets to know if a sick animal they are treating has come from abroad. We will continue to work towards its inclusion,” stated Reineke Hameleers, Director at Eurogroup for Animals.
“We call on MEPs in the Agriculture Committee and in Plenary, as well as at Council level to support the positive outcomes of this Opinion and go even further by making additional improvements that are still needed to address animal and public health challenges more holistically,” she added.
This Opinion moves in the right direction and the Members of the Environment Committee have gone someway to help ensure that the proposed law will address animal health in a more effective way. However the proposal still needs to address some key concerns such as the registration and identification of cats and dogs When this proposal is discussed at the Agriculture Committee Eurogroup will continue to call for these issues to be addressed and included in the final legislative text to ensure that animal welfare is duly considered and that the future EU Animal Health law will provide the maximum protection possible.