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The Vilnius Declaration


A two-day Conference focusing on ‘responsible ownership of companion animals’ in the Baltic Region, took place on 5-6 May 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania

A two-day Conference focusing on ‘responsible ownership of companion animals’ in the Baltic Region, took place on 5-6 May 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania, as follow-up to our previous Conference focusing on the same topic which took place in Brussels on 4-5 October 2010, and brought out an all-encompassing Declaration concerning Companion Animals in Europe.

 

The Conference in Vilnius, opened by Petras Auštrevicius, Member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and initiator of the Animal Welfare Group of the Parliament, was organized by VIER PFOTEN / FOUR PAWS and Istituto G. Caporale / Teramo together with the European Commission, the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas), the Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), was attended by approxiately 170 participants coming from 20 countries.

Among the speakers, representatives of the European Commission (DG SANCO), the Federation of Veterinarians Europe (FVE), the university of Zurich and the Council of Europe presented their view on the topic, together with national authorities such as the AW division of the Federal Services of Public Health in Belgium and as the State Food and Veterinary Service of the Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture. Animal Welfare NGOs from the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) as well as other bodies also presented their national profiles in the Baltic Region, their situation regarding companion animals (legal and enforcement).


© Pictures by M. Ambrazas, photographer of the Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament)

On the 1st day of the conference, starting from a definition of the term/concept ‘’responsible ownership’’ from a scientific (university of Zurich) European (within the context of the AW EU policy and AW Strategy of the EU Commission) and veterinary perspective (FVE) national perspectives on the situation with companion animals in the Baltic States were discussed in comparison to the Belgian programme for a national Companion Animal Action Plan.

 


© Pictures by M. Ambrazas, photographer of the Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament)

The 2nd day was dedicated on information sharing and experiences, starting with a plenary session on examples of scientific programmes and projects aiming to solution strategies on canine overpopulation e.g. Istituto G Caporale for Italy. A series of parallel workshops followed on topics such as: Birth Control Policies and programmes, Identification and Registration of dogs and cats and Education.

At the last part of the Conference the Working Groups gave a reported on the outcomes of their discussions and the result was a Declaration with best practices (please see below)


For more information please see the official Agenda of the Conference here below. The Declaration will soon be available on the Carodog website http://www.carodog.eu/

 as well as the Conclusions of the Conference.


THE DECLARATION

You can download the full text of the Declaration here:


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