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Please JOIN ME and make this happen. I want a volunteer in every country to champion this and help make this a reality. Will YOU be the person who cares enough for animals in your country? Email me...
Web page: http://lawyers4animals.weebly.com/
To everyone who has signed the petition calling for a Directorate-General for animal welfare in the EU - THANK YOU!
In just a few days the number of people contributing has passed 1500 and the petition now has the support of MEPs, Animal Aid, Occupy for Animals, Animal Party Cyprus, Animal Friends Croatia and the website How to do Animal Rights. (I know there are other organisations who have given their support - please send me a message and I will include you in future updates).
There are tens of millions of animals in Europe and too many of them suffer - to our shame! A fundamental principle of the EU is that animals are recognised as "sentient" and their welfare must be taken seriously. This treaty position is unfortunately largely idle rhetoric.
Six million animals are transported unnecessarily across the continent for slaughter every year. Fur farms are abundant, bull-fighting still exists and dogs and cats are killed in some of the new member states, contrary to best practice for controlling disease! Tens of millions of animals are intensively bred for food and many slaughter-houses in the EU fall short of the standards demanded by the union's own legislation. To add insult to injury, EU tax payers money is subvented via mechanism unfamiliar to most citizens to support (indirectly) many of these acts of violence perpetrated against animals within the union.
Frankly - the EU routinely fails animals and the will of the people. The welfare of animals is a matter currently dealt with by the Directorate General for Health and Consumers. As the name suggests - animals are viewed merely as property and objects linked to human health (whether as food, or instruments for developing pharmaceutical products etc.). This is not good enough and does not confer a high enough status or importance on animals and as a result they suffer within the EU through their invisibility and under-representation.
This petition calls on the EU to create a specific Directorate-General for Animal Welfare. It will be the role of this body to represent animal welfare at the highest levels within the EU, to propose laws to benefit animal welfare, and to champion animal welfare on a wider international stage on behalf of the EU. The D-G for animal welfare will be the new keeper of the conscience for the EU and will ensure a new relationship develops between humanity and the other "sentient" species with which we share the planet.
At this time - the Animal Welfare Board of India puts the EU to shame http://www.awbi.org/. As a prosperous group of nations, the EU has no excuse for letting animals suffer; and we the citizens of Europe and the people of the world call on you to exercise moral leadership by creating a Directorate-General for animal welfare.
We would like to thank the following animal welfare charities for promoting this petition - it is wonderful to see people come together for a greater good.
Animal Aid (UK)
Occupy For Animals (Luxembourg)
Animal Friends Croatia
Animal Party Cyprus
How to do Animal Rights? (UK website)
SOS gyvūani (Lithuania)
Anima Mundi (Macedonia)
Harmony Fund & The Great Animal Rescue Chase (USA)
"Noah" - Israeli Federation of Animal Protection Societies
Cork Animal Care Society (Ireland)
Green Pets America,
NOAH for Animal Rights (Norway)
Help Animals - "Jessica" Shelter (Serbia)
Communicate31 (Australia) the creators of the animal rescue App www.animaleffect.com
Observatorio Justicia y Defensa Animal (Spain)
Animal Aid Abroad (Australia)
Born Free Foundation (UK)
Stray Animal Foundation Platform (Netherlands)
Tierpartei Schweiz (TPS) / Party for the animals Switzerland (PAS)
Associação Animais de Rua (Portugal)
Wild Time Radio (UK)
Associação O Nosso Refugio (Portugal)
Romania Animal Rescue (USA)
Making the Link Project (EU)
Compassion in World Farming (UK)
Tierschutz Sonne (Austria)
Partei Mensch Umwelt Tierschutz- MUT (Germany)
Aktion Fair Play (Germany)
Wir für Pfoten e.V. (Germany)
PerspekTIERisch e.V (Germany)
Tierschutzverein e.V. Tierheim Cottbus (Germany)
Fundación para el Asesoramiento y Acción en Defensa de los Animales (FAADA) (Spain)
Schüler für Tiere e.V. (Germany)
Verein gegen Tierfabriken Schweiz VgT (Switzerland)
Ärzte gegen Tierversuche e.V (Doctors Against Animal Experiments) (Germany)
Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), producers of The Cove (USA
Parenas Pfotenhilfe (Switzerland)
SPA de Nimes (France)
Asociatia Prieteni Buni (Romania)
Care for the Wild (UK)
Cainele Meu Moreni (Romania)
Animal Life. Tierschutz ohne Grenzen (Austria)
Rescue Association Hobo Dogs (Finland)
NetAP - Network for Animal Protection (Switzerland)
For further information on some of the issue - click on this link to view an online book published by Occupy for Animals.
We want to hear from you - if you would be willing to champion this cause in your country. Please send us an email if you want to help.
Web page: http://lawyers4animals.weebly.com/
A propos de cette pétition... (texte traduit par Dr Jane Byrne)
Il y a des dizaines de milliers d'animaux en Europe dont, à notre honte, trop d'entre eux sont en train de souffrir. Un principe fondamental de l'UE est que l'on accepte que les animaux sont doués de sensation et qu'il faut prendre au sérieux leur bien-être. L'essentiel de ce traité ne semble être, malheureusement, que de la rhétorique vide.
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