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World Environment Day: will the EU apply its international commitments at home?

While support for environmental efforts seems to dwindle every day in Brussels, EU representatives will have the opportunity to push for ambitious climate action in Bonn for COP28 

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Challenging road ahead: ENVI vote must lead to more ambitious regulation on livestock farming pollution

Environment MEPs have voted to include cattle in the scope of the Industrial Emissions Directive. A good, yet mild first step towards better regulation of livestock farming pollution. 

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Urgent change needed: European Court of Auditors exposes severe deficiencies in live animal transport practices

The review shows that animal welfare violations in live animal transport will continue to be systematic if the rules are not changed in the upcoming EU legislation.

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The European Parliament must maintain the 150 LSU threshold for the IED, not give the livestock sector another free pass.

The Industrial Emissions Directive should serve as an effective measure to prevent pollution by targeting the biggest emitters in the sector and safeguarding animal welfare.  

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Celebrating Europe's Native Species for World Wildlife Day!

Wild animals play a crucial role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. It is important we remember that protecting them benefits us all.

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Record breaking numbers of EU Citizens call on the European Commission to end Fur Farming

ECI Fur Free Europe has received a record-breaking collection of signatures over a ten-month period. 


Research shows an EU-wide Positive list is needed to prevent the illegal trade of exotic pets between Member States

A Positive List is expected to be one of the most comprehensive and effective ways to reduce the rise of exotic animal pets in Europe by harmonizing domestic law. 

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De-mystifying the role of Trophy Hunting in conservation

Recent event by the ECR continued to perpetuate misinformation about the role of CITES and trophy hunting for conservation 

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