Croatia 28th Member State of the EU
The European Union has a new Member State. On 1 July 2013, Croatia has entered the Union as its 28th Member State. VIER PFOTEN is congratulating the people of Croatia and wishes them fruitful and cooperative years to come.
With 12 Members in the European Parliament representing the Croatian citizens and seven votes in the Council (out of 352), Croatia is a rather small Member. However, from an animal welfare point of view, Croatia plays in the middle field.
It is a requirement for every new Member State to be in full compliance with all existing legislation of the Union before accession. This is why Croatia has already implemented the housing standards for laying hens or pregnant sows.
In general, animal welfare related issues are dealt with under the Veterinary Law and the Animal Protection Act in Croatia. For example, the prohibition of cruelty towards animals is covered under the Animal Protection Act. So is the mandatory registration of dogs. Besides, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development has set up a Stray Dog Population Control Program in 2010.
For more information on animal welfare legislation in Croatia, please see here.