Subject: Press Release - European Union takes major step to protect cats and
Brussels, 24 November 2010
European Union takes major step to protect cats and dogs
Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the decision taken today by EU member state
representatives to endorse Council Conclusions on the Welfare of Cats and Dogs
proposed by the Belgian Presidency. This is a major step forward and will help
to improve the welfare of companion animals in the European Union. It also
ensures that the European Commission includes the welfare of companion animals
in the development of the second EU strategy for the protection and welfare of
"The Conclusions adopted today are a first step in developing a harmonised
approach across the EU for companion animals and we are extremely grateful to
the Belgian Presidency for championing this cause and ensuring companion animals
will be included in future EU animal welfare policy," said Véronique Schmit,
Executive Officer Policy of Eurogroup for Animals.
"The Council recognises that there are major differences in animal welfare
standards across EU member states and that there is a need for concerted action.
The trade in companion animals varies considerably across the Union and the risk
to human health through diseases carried by animals is not controlled
effectively at present," she concluded.
Following the recognition of animals as sentient beings in Article 13 of the
Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, the EU must consider animal
welfare when formulating or implementing relevant policies. This announcement
addresses this requirement and responds to citizens' concerns that animal
welfare must be improved in all aspects of European law.
The Conclusions are expected to be formally adopted at next week's Agriculture
Council and Eurogroup for Animals will closely monitor this and ensure that the
European Commission works diligently to put in place a second EU strategy for
the protection and welfare of animals that includes protective measures for
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