animal welfare

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Plenary round-up – June I 2021

Members approved by an overwhelming majority the proposed EU Digital Covid Certificate for EU nationals as well as the parallel proposal covering third-country nationals. Parliament agreed to an accelerated procedure to consider these proposals. Continue reading

European Parliament Plenary Session – June I 2021

Over 60 % of European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which employ 100 million people, have reported a fall in turnover in 2020. Members will take part in a joint debate on the State of the SMEs Union on Monday evening and have already called for the EU strategy for a sustainable and digital Europe to take the impact of Covid‑19 into account. Continue reading

The EU pig meat sector [Policy Podcast]

The 150 million pigs reared across the EU represent the largest livestock category before that of bovines, and the EU pig meat sector alone accounts for nearly half of total EU meat production. Continue reading

Citizens’ enquiries on the use of animals in scientific research

The President of the European Parliament has recently received a large number of messages calling on the Parliament to introduce a Europe-wide moratorium on the use of animals in scientific research. Continue reading

Citizens’ enquiries on the import and transport of wildlife into Vietnam

The President of the European Parliament has received a large number of messages on the import and transport of wildlife into Vietnam.
You can find below, in English and Dutch, the reply sent to citizens who wrote to the President of the European Parliament on this matter. Continue reading

Citizens’ enquiries to the European Parliament in 2019

Throughout 2019, people from across the EU and the world addressed the European Parliament to request information, express opinions or suggest ideas on a wide range of topics. The Citizens’ Enquiries Unit (Ask EP) provides them with clear answers on the issues they raise. Continue reading

The EU poultry meat and egg sector: Main features, challenges and prospects [Policy podcast]

Poultry meat is the second most produced and consumed meat in the European Union, after pig meat. The sector is known as one of the most intensive farming systems in the EU, with some farms numbering more than 100 000 birds. Continue reading

Animal lovers [What Europe does for you]

With European elections coming up in May 2019, you probably want to know how the European Union impacts your daily life, before you think about voting. In the latest in a series of posts on what Europe does for you, your family, your business and your wellbeing, we look at what Europe does for animal lovers. Continue reading

EU animal welfare strategy, 2012-2015: State of play and possible next steps

Written by Beata Rojek. In recent decades, awareness of and concern for animal welfare have been constantly growing among citizens, businesses and policy-makers. Two Eurobarometer surveys – from 2006 and 2016 – revealed its increasing resonance with public opinion. The topic has been on the EU policy agenda for over 40 years, which has helped … Continue reading

EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking

In recent years, wildlife trafficking has reached unprecedented levels, and global demand for wildlife and related products has increased. Whereas existing EU-level legislation is considered sufficient to combat illegal wildlife trade, the action plan calls for more stringent law enforcement. Continue reading

Animal testing

There is a strong public interest in the issue of animal welfare, and many people have concerns about some of the methods used in animal testing. The protection and welfare of animals is an issue covered by a wide range of EU legislation, such as the protection of wildlife, zoo animals, farm animals, animals in … Continue reading

Animal health law: Rules on transmissible animal diseases [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Beata Rojek (2nd edition), Transmissible animal diseases can have a significant impact on animal and public health and on the economy. Current EU legislation in the field developed over decades and consists of a large number of acts. In an evaluation initiated by the Commission, the legislation was assessed as generally well-functioning and … Continue reading

Cloning of animals

Written by Ana Martinez Juan Cloning animals means creating animals by using the genetic material from a cell from another animal. It is a form of asexual reproduction performed in a laboratory. The closest natural analogy to a clone is identical twins. As identical twins, clones and cell donor animals share exactly the same genetic … Continue reading

Topics and links – October 2014

Update: This post is available in more EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. In this issue: Hearings of the new Commissioners, EP debate on fundamental rights in Hungary, ‘Thousand-cow farm’ project in France, Turkey and the situation of Kurds in Kobane, EU relations with Russia and Ukraine, winter time. This month, … Continue reading

Ask EP – Insight: EP elections, Ukraine, human rights, animal welfare

The European elections in May were by far the most popular topic in the past few months with citizens writing to the European Parliament on a variety of issues, both during the pre- and post-election period and even on election day itself. Other important issues for the period April to June 2014 included the on-going … Continue reading

Topics and links – April 2014

Update: This post is available in all official EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. How can I vote in the upcoming European elections? What can the European Parliament do about the current summer-time arrangement? How does the Parliament protect animal welfare? Answers to these questions or other citizens’ concerns can … Continue reading

Les abeilles dans l’UE: un bilan de santé inquiétant

Mise à jour du briefing publié en juin 2013. Ces deux dernières décennies, les apiculteurs européens voient mourir un nombre anormalement élevé de leurs ruches. Au-delà des conséquences sur le secteur apicole lui-même, les enjeux agricoles et écologiques de la disparition des abeilles sont considérables. Ce phénomène de mortalités excessives n’a pas d’explication unique identifiée, … Continue reading

Stray dogs

In the aftermath of a deadly dog attack on a four-year-old boy in Romania, the government’s adoption of a new law for the mass euthanasia of stray dogs has created an overwhelming reaction from citizens throughout Europe. Animal rights activists abhor what they see as brutal treatment of dogs and plead for an improvement to … Continue reading

A draft new animal health law for the EU: Some basics

Highly contagious animal diseases may have significant impacts on the health of animal populations. Certain animal diseases are also of particular concern to public health in cases where they may be transmissible to humans. Current EU legislation on animal health is made up of over 50 basic legal instruments, complemented by more than 400 specific … Continue reading

Animal welfare protection in the EU

Over the past decade, animal welfare has become a matter of growing public concern. As purchasing choices are instrumental to the economic viability of the agro- and food- sectors, the industry has been trying to find ways to rebuild and maintain consumer trust. Experts claim that changes in consumer awareness of welfare standards have even … Continue reading

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