Thu, 30 Jan 2014
GREECE - Eurogroup for Animals has launched a Memorandum outlining its position on animal welfare related policies that will be discussed as part of the Greek presidency of the Council of the European Union and it will be formally presented to the Presidency on 30 January 2014.
According to Eurogroup, the European institutions have increased their pace of work to ensure as many pending legislative proposals are completed before the Elections as possible and it is vital that the Greek Presidency does not lose sight of the importance of protecting animal welfare and ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout their Presidency.
The key priorities that Eurogroup for Animals urges the Greek Presidency to support are as follows:
"The Presidency has a central role to play in ensuring that animals are fully considered as sentient beings and that their welfare is taken into account when elaborating EU policies. We hope that the Greek Presidency will take its responsibility seriously as a number of important policies will be decided during the ahead of the European elections that will have a direct impact on animal welfare," said Reineke Hameleers, Director at Eurogroup for Animals.
"We believe that European decision makers should embrace the one welfare concept: where animal welfare, social development, economic growth and environmental protection are seen as being interrelated and recognized as mutually reinforcing components of sustainable development. It is hard to expect a farmer who has no chance of making a living to invest in enrichment of stables to improve animal welfare, the two must be sustainable. Likewise if we want to replace animal testing by alternatives we should invest in better safety testing from which human patients and laboratory mice will benefit equally. This one welfare approach is the way forward and we can no longer compartmentalise our actions and activities and we urge the Greek Presidency to endorse this approach," she concluded.