Eubusiness, September 18, 2008
Brussels – The European Commission on Thursday proposed tougher rules for slaughterhouses to ensure that farm animals “are humanely treated” before they are killed.
Each year almost 360 million pigs, sheep, goats and cattle as well as several billion poultry are killed in EU slaughterhouses for meat. Another 25 million animals are killed for their fur, according to official figures. “As a society we have a duty of care to animals, which includes minimising distress and avoiding pain throughout the slaughtering process,” said EU Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou. “The current EU rules are outdated and need revision,” she added.
Under the plans no method of stunning and slaughter would be banned, even though some have been identified as being less humane.
For example “the waterbath stunner” for poultry and the use of carbon dioxide will still be permitted as there are not yet viable commercial alternatives, the commission said.
However Brussels wants to make it mandatory for slaughterhouse staff to be properly trained, for technical standards on slaughter equipment to be introduced and for an individual to be responsible for animal welfare in each establishment. Operators will also have to evaluate the efficiency of their stunning methods. “After stunning animals will have to be regularly monitored to ensure they do not regain consciousness before slaughter,” the commission said in a statement.
Compassion in World Farming policy advisor Peter Stevenson welcomed the proposals but said the commission “has shied away from tackling some crucial issues.” His group took especial aim at the electrified water bath and carbon dioxide gassing methods. “Scientific research shows that this method causes severe respiratory distress. Pigs can be seen gasping and hyperventilating,” it said while the electric bath method “can lead to pain and distress and should be replaced by the use of non-aversive gases such as argon or nitrogen”.
Also his rights group and the Belgian Action Group for Animal Rights complained that the measures “will continue to allow animals to be killed without prior stunning for religious slaughter.
European Commission Proposed ‘Tougher’ Actions in Slaughterhouses Really Amount to Very Little for Animal Welfare
Eubusiness, September 18, 2008
‘Serbia Suffering’ Petition to be Submitted to the European Union Commission During the Week 22-26 September
As can be seen from our article earlier this week, http://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2008/09/15/campaigns-move-on-this-week-15th-september-for-the-animals-of-serbia/ we have been busy writing to the Serbian government on the issue of a (Serbian) national humane sterilisation program for dogs and cats.
So we were delighted to receive a response within only a few days from Marina Čvorović at the State Secretary Office of the Serbian Ministry of Finance, declaring that the Ministry supports all legitimate efforts in the adoption of humane animal control policies.
We were delighted to hear this and on the 18th September a thank you message has been returned to Marina Čvorović.
We have asked that we very much hope that it will be possible for the Ministry of Finance to engage with their colleagues at the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture on this issue, with special attention and emphasis being given to the most productive and effective use of limited financial resources allocated to stray/roaming animal welfare issues. We also pointed out that we were sure the Finance Ministry would agree that Serbian taxpayers would wish to see the most beneficial results from their taxable
contributions, and with specific regard to animal welfare, this will be
achieved through the establishment of a ‘No Kill national sterilisation
programme’ as outlined in the orignal SAV and OIPA letters of 13th and 14th September.
We wish to publicly thank Marina Čvorović for the very rapid response from the ministry to our letters of concern about the animals. We hope that within the next days and weeks we will also hear favourably from the Agriculture Ministry.
Also, as a parallel event to writing to the Serbian government, a formal written presentation has now been prepared by SAV for the EU Commissioners with regard the final delivery to the EU of the petition “Serbia Suffering”, which we closed around a week ago. The petition can still be seen at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/serbia-suffering although it is no longer open for additional signatures.
The photograph which forms the image to our petition ‘Serbia Suffering’
The full copy of the petition and a covering letter outlining our concerns about Serbia not enforcing its own national animal welfare legislation, as well as a request for a No kill national sterilisation policy to be adopted by the Serbian government, are just two of the issues we are raising with the EU.
We are delighted that 5,538 signatures were collected for the petition in a very short time period – over five times our original estimate, and when combined with all the comments, they make an impressive document of some 246 A4 pages !
As many of the signatures and comments are from existing EU citizens, we will wait to see what the response is from the EU Commission about the situation for animals in Serbia on receipt and review of our letter, petition and several other attachments. As and when information arrives, we will immediately inform you of any news.
So, things are moving along very much to our satisfaction; the Serbian government knows about the presentation of the petition to the EU, and this coming week the EU will have the formal copy of the petition on which to advance; which we hope includes writing back to us and giving their views and planned actions for the animals of Serbia.
We would especially like to thank everyone who has helped us to make this petition an effective campaign tool with the Serbian government and the EU Commission in working to obtain a better future for the animals in Serbia.
Story of the week !
CAIRO (AFP) – An Egyptian donkey has been jailed for stealing corn on the cob from a field belonging to an agricultural research institute in the Nile Delta, local media reported on Thursday.
The ass and its owner were apprehended at a police checkpoint that had been set up after the institute’s director complained that someone was stealing his crops, the state-owned Al-Ahram daily said.
The unnamed ungulate was found in possession of the institute’s corn and a local judge sentenced him to 24 hours in prison. The man who had his ass thrown in jail got off with a fine of 50 Egyptian pounds (nine dollars, six euros).
SAV say – In reality, who is the ‘ass’ ? – the judge who passed sentence or the donkey wanting a bite to eat !
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The European Commission will organise the first European Veterinary week from 10-16 November, in partnership with the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and the French Presidency.
The week will open with a high level conference in Brussels on 10 November, entitled “One Health: Healthy Animals = Healthy People”. This event aims to stimulate dialogue on successful information diffusion and cooperation between the different players in the animal health field for the implementation of effective bio-security measures at borders and on-farm. It will examine the positive impacts of high animal health standards on human health and consumer wellbeing. Panel discussions will look at issues such as on-farm bio-security, import controls and the “One Health” concept. Participants will include Member State veterinary experts, animal health stakeholders, customs officials, airport and travel organisations, representatives from Parliament and Council, and all relevant Commission services.
Later in the week, the FVE General Assembly in Hanover will gather 800 veterinarians from across Europe. Part of its programme will be devoted to speeches presenting Veterinary Week and its main messages: “One Health” and “Prevention is better than cure.” Specific topics to be raised are the new animal health strategy and what it means to the veterinary practitioner, the importance of a strong veterinary network and how to translate policy into action.
EU Veterinary Week 2008
Animals + Humans = One health
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In Response to Center Suit, Feds Put Wolf Back on Endangered Species List, Abandon Plan to Kill Hundreds of Wolves in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming
Breaking news! Breaking news! Breaking news! Breaking news!
The Bush administration today announced it will abandon its defense of an ill-fated decision to remove the gray wolf in the northern Rockies from the endangered species list, which would allow hundreds of wolves to be killed by hunters and state agencies.
To stop the killings, the Center for Biological Diversity and allies sued the administration, winning a temporary ruling stopping the killing in July. But rather than continue to fight us in court, the administration just announced that it will formally revoke its previous decision and return the wolf to the endangered species list as a fully protected species.
We’re ecstatic about the victory — but our hearts go out to the nearly 100 wolves that were gunned down before we were able to secure the initial legal injunction.
Thanks for your support. This victory could not have been achieved without the help of thousands of Center members who donated their time, money, and voices to save the Northern Rockies’ wolves. And thanks to our litigation allies at Earthjustice, NRDC, and Defenders of Wildlife.
Center for Biological Diversity
P.S. We’ll keep a close watch on the administration in case it tries to reissue its wolf-killing decision again before leaving office.
Here’s the first newspaper story about the decision:
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 16, 2008
Feds retreat on Northern Rockies wolf hunting plan
By Matthew Brown (Associated Press)
BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal wildlife official says the government plans to retreat for now from its attempt to take gray wolves in the Northern Rockies off the endangered species list.
Ed Bangs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the government in the next week plans to withdraw a rule issued this spring. The rule was based on the assertion that the region’s approximately 1,500 wolves were recovered fully, opening the way for public hunting of wolves to begin this fall in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
Those hunts had been in doubt since July, when U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy blocked them from going forward pending resolution of a lawsuit by environmentalists.
The decision to withdraw the rule listing wolves as fully recovered is subject to final approval by Department of Justice attorne.
Sarah Palin approved a $400,000 state-funded propaganda campaign to promote aerial hunting.