Posted on 03/11/2011
This week, Sonja Van Tichelen, Director of Eurogroup for Animals, is attending WSPA board meeting in London, UK. During this event, the new Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (2010-2014) has been presented. Described as very comprehensive, it provides also significant funding to protect all animals.
Posted on 31/10/2011
Assurance schemes operate for the purpose of providing certainty and confidence that specified characteristics, attributes, practices and methods of production are followed. Millions of animals going through well developed and implemented certified assurance schemes with welfare criteria have benefited from improved welfare conditions. There are many benefits of welfare assurance schemes for the farmers and other supply chain operators but especially for the animals going through these schemes. Evolution of assurance schemes within the last decade in response to consumers concerns as well as issues in the supply chain means that conditions and guidelines need to be set to ensure that schemes are able to deliver the welfare outcomes that they claim. There are broad guidelines already provided on EN45011, EN17020 and EU best practice guidelines for voluntary certification schemes. Eurogroup expects certain basic requirements for schemes making claims on animal welfare and provides this information to complement other reference broad guidelines.
Posted on 27/10/2011
A Eurogroup for Animals report released today illustrates the high risk of zoonoses from wild animals kept as pets. Zoonoses are diseases which are passed from animals to humans with sometimes fatal consequences. With an ever growing number of these animals imported, sold and kept in the EU the threat of disease increases and prevention policies are becoming urgent. At a meeting of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Animal Welfare in Strasbourg, MEPs were asked to support measures to restrict the import of wild animals.
Posted on 21/10/2011
Eurogroup for Animals is extremely shocked by figures published by the European Commission which show the recovery of export refunds for live animal export to third countries. Despite these animals being considered by the Commission as high value breeding animals which are transported in very good conditions they continue to be found dead on arrival, and give birth or abort during transport. This is deplorable and the use of export refunds should be stopped and animals recognised as sentient beings and not objects.
Posted on 19/10/2011
Eurogroup today attended the policy debate: “Sustainable Sourcing: a business imperative, a consumer request?” organised by Forum Europe to raise the profile of animal welfare.
Posted on 13/10/2011
Eurogroup for Animals is extremely pleased that the European Parliament has supported a Written Declaration calling on the Commission and Member States to develop a cohesive policy for dog population management and compulsory identification and registration of dogs. This sends a clear message to the European Commission that it must act now and respond to Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union which states that, animals are sentient beings and that the EU and Member States must pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals.
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