Kick-off meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare at the EU Commission


FOUR PAWS is looking forward to the exchange of best practices and the work to come, but reminds the EU Commission that it should take action, too

The international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS welcomes the first meeting of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare, which gathered 75 representatives from NGOs, farmers’ organisations, scientists, EU Member States and other European countries (Switzerland, Iceland), international organisations such as FAO, OIE, and the World Bank, and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

During this first meeting, the participants were offered the opportunity to discuss relevant areas of work of common interest, and to propose priorities for the work of the Platform. The aim was to share information and experience on the better implementation of EU animal welfare legislation, the promotion of EU animal welfare standards globally, and the promotion on the market of animal welfare-friendly products. The participants emphasised the need for new legislation, especially for species that are not yet covered by existing EU law, despite the Commission being reluctant to work on legislation.

"The platform should not substitute the work of the Commission regarding the parts of animal welfare legislation which need to be either revised or introduced. It is necessary to deal with existing problems hindering progress, such as issues related to cruel practices, such as the killing of day-old chicks and non-therapeutic mutilations carried out on companion animals."

Pierre Sultana, Director of the FOUR PAWS European Policy Office 

"Common EU values and animal welfare issues bring together Europeans, therefore concrete actions are necessary. FOUR PAWS values the cooperation with the Commission and other stakeholders, in order to improve the way animals are treated in Europe and beyond. In particular, FOUR PAWS is in favour of the creation of sub-groups in order to get something out of this work. We will do everything in our power to make it happen."

Adolfo Sansolini, FOUR PAWS expert at the Platform 

The EU Commission will prioritise, map out and analyse the list of topics in order to reach concrete and measurable results. The next meeting is scheduled for November 10th, 2017.

To review the web stream of the meeting: 
EU Platform on Animal Welfare:

FOUR PAWS is an international animal welfare organisation with headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Founded by Heli Dungler in 1988, the organisation strives to help animals in need with sustainable campaigns and projects. The work is based on substantiated research and scientific expertise as well as intensive national and international lobbying. FOUR PAWS focuses on animals that are directly under human influence: stray dogs and stray cats, farm animals, companion animals and wild animals including bears, big cats and orang-utans kept in inappropriate conditions. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam, FOUR PAWS aims to help animals in need directly and quickly.