EU: MEP’s Present a Written Declaration Concerning “the Management of the Dog Population in the European Union.

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Excellent !! – exactly what we have been asking for.

A clear message for potential future member states of the EU to observe, as well as some of those who are current members – ie. Romania.

This will be passed in the end; so why not start taking welfare friendly action now ? – lets see no kill sterilisation, vaccination, identification and microchipping.

Congratulations to MEPs Adina Valean, Daciana Sarbu, Elisabeth Jeggle and Janusz Wojciechowski; you have our full support with your proposals.


Strasbourg , 8 June 2011

Adina Valean, ALDE MEP, has initiated, this week, together with Daciana Sarbu and two other MEPs, a written declaration concerning “the management of the dog population in the European Union,” asking Member States to adopt relevant strategies on this, that include “measures such as sterilisation of owned and stray animals, dog control laws and the promotion of responsible pet ownership.”

If the declaration gathers half + 1 from the number of MEPs, it will become the official position of the European Parliament in this dossier.

In the preamble of the written declaration, it is stated that “according to the Treaty, animals are sentient beings and the EU and Member States must pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals.” It is also mentioned that “in some Member States, stray animals pose a threat to public health and safety” and that some of the Member States “are taking extreme measures against stray animals.

MEPs call on the Commission to ensure that the principle mentioned in Article 13 of the Treaty is respected by the Member States and calls on the Member States to adopt comprehensive dog population management strategies that include measures such as sterilisation of owned and stray animals, dog control laws and the promotion of responsible pet ownership.

In the same time, MEPs Adina Valean, Daciana Sarbu, Elisabeth Jeggle and Janusz Wojciechowski ask the European Commission to encourage the Member States to introduce the mandatory identification and registration of every dog, by means of EU-wide compatible systems, in order to avoid the spread of diseases.


Romania: Thick Head Botosani Mayor Is Leaving Animals At Shelters To Die.


New pics from Botosani, a full shelter, no wate ror food, and the request for money to buy the animals off.

Photos from the last few days can be seen at:—–28062011.html

Along with lots of news and actions.

The brain dead mayor of Botosani (pictured above) Catalin Muguel Flutur (‚surprisingly’ he is the brother of the vice-president Gheorghe Flutur of the leading party PDL) apparently wants to make an example in his town.

Probably he likes to show very big-mouthed how easy and active he manages this topic in Botosani while the government is debating cowardly about the new law.

 This mayor doesn’ t care if his doing is legal or illegal or ethical.

It’s a matter of business, retention of power and influence. These ‘cleanings’ are not acceptable!

It is hoped that the…..

 …….  but the EU appears to care very little about EU animal welfare in this case !!


Past SAV links to Romania – a bent and corrupt nation which is completely out of control when it comes to animal care:

Uk (England): Industrial Pig Farm in Derbyshire? – Please Sign the Petition to Stop Planning Application.


This petition is also open to NON UK residents to sign.

The more international support there is, the better the chance of success.

Please sign – Thank You.

Read the very interesting story about all of this so far at:


Pig farm owned by Midlands Pig Producers. Photograph: Caters News Agency

Subject: Industrial pig farm in Derbyshire?

At pig factory farms, adult sows are pregnant for most of their lives. Their piglets are artificially weaned when they’re 3-4 weeks old (natural weaning takes place at 11-14 weeks), and the sows are inseminated again one week after weaning. While pregnant, the sows are kept in stalls too small for them to move around. They bite the bars of their cages in their fever to get free.

Midland Pig Producers (MPP) wants to build a pig factory farm in a pristine field in Derbyshire. The factory farm would house 2,500 breeding sows, and 25,000 pigs total. 1,000 pigs would be slaughtered every week. If approved, the facility would be the third largest pig factory farm in the UK.

The Derbyshire County Council can stop Midland Pig Producers from building this enormous factory farm, but time is short — they may vote as soon as 11 July.

Please sign the petition to tell them to vote no.

Pig factory farms aren’t only horrible for the pigs who live and die there — they’re also extremely bad for the environment and the people who live nearby. According to the UN, livestock production accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide (cars and transport account for just 14%). Toxic gases from factory farms have also been known to cause illness in nearby humans, and a University of Missouri report cited that property values within two tenths of a kilometre of factory farms decreased by 88.3%.

Perhaps worst of all, pig factory farms pump their piglets full of antibiotics, which dramatically increases the incidence of drug-resistant diseases (like MRSA) that can spread from pigs to humans. In America last year, more people died from MRSA than AIDS. 

Huge factory farms are common in America, but not so in the UK. A “no” vote from the Derbyshire County Council could set an important precedent to help keep it that way.

Please sign the petition today to tell the Derbyshire County Council to block MPP’s plans for its new factory farm:

Thanks for taking action,

– Patrick and the team

Netherlands: Dutch MPs Effectively Ban Ritual Slaughter of Animals.

BBC News – Dutch MPs effectively ban ritual slaughter of animals

28 June 2011 Last updated at 17:58

Dutch MPs effectively ban ritual slaughter of animals

The Dutch lower house of parliament has passed a law effectively banning the
ritual slaughter of animals, in a move condemned by Muslim and Jewish

The legislation states that all animals must be stunned before being killed.

But the Islamic dhabiha and Jewish shechita methods of ritual slaughter
require them to be fully conscious.

The legislation was proposed by an animal rights party with two MPs, which
argued that failing to stun the animals subjected them to unnecessary pain.

But debate over the matter swiftly became a focus of animosity towards the
Netherlands’ 1.2 million-strong Muslim community. The country’s Jewish
population is comparatively small at 50,000.

Following months of debate a last minute concession was offered – the Muslim
and Jewish communities will have a year to provide evidence that animals
slaughtered by traditional methods do not experience greater pain than those
that are stunned before they are killed.

However, observers say finding such proof will be virtually impossible.

The bill must still be approved by the upper house of parliament before it
can become law

Religious freedom

Before Tuesday’s vote, the head of the Party for the Animals, Marianne
Thieme, denied the bill was an attack on religious minorities.

She argued the law was necessary because scientists agreed that animals
suffered pain or fear if they were not stunned before slaughter, and because
current regulations allowed exceptions for ritual slaughter.

One of the first measures taken during the Occupation [by Nazi Germany
during World War II] was the closing of kosher abattoirs”

Binyomin Jacobs Dutch Chief Rabbi

“If you stun an animal before it’s been killed, the animal won’t experience
its own death,” she told the BBC World Service. “If you have new techniques
to ensure there’s no unnecessary suffering then you have to use it.”

“Three-thousand years ago, there were no anaesthetics,” she added. “But
since then we have developed more humane methods.”

In a rare show of unity, the Muslim and Jewish communities condemned the
legislation and said it infringed on their religious freedom.

“One of the first measures taken during the Occupation [by Nazi Germany
during World War II] was the closing of kosher abattoirs,” Dutch Chief Rabbi
Binyomin Jacobs told MPs during a debate in The Hague.

“If we no longer have people who can do ritual slaughter in the Netherlands,
we will stop eating meat,” he added.

The Party for the Animals said two million animals were subjected to ritual
slaughter every year in the Netherlands, although the organisation Halal
Correct said only 250,000 were killed without being stunned beforehand.

To make meat kosher for Jews or halal for Muslims, animals must be
slaughtered while still awake, by swiftly cutting the main arteries and
veins in their necks with sharp knives, and then allowing the blood to drain

South Korea: Festival Celebrating the Slaughter of Dogs for Meat Bites the Dust.

Subject: New announcement: Festival in Korea celebrating the slaughter of 
dogs for meat bites the dust.
By North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy and wires
 A South Korean dog meat festival has been cancelled after outrage and 
 protests from animal rights activists.
 The festival had been organised by the Korea Dog Farmers’ Association and 
  aimed to promote traditional dog meat consumption.
 It was to have been held at an open-air market south of Seoul on Friday, 
  supposedly showcasing various canine delicacies including barbequed dog, 
  sausages and steamed paws.
 The event at the market, well known for selling dogs for meat, would also 
  have featured products such as cosmetics and spirits with canine 
 But the organisers have been bombarded with complaints via phone and 
  vendors are unwilling to rent space to those taking part.
Professor of nutrition at Chung Cheong University, Ann Yong-Geun, is an 
adviser to the association.  Professor Ann says the festival was aimed at promoting traditional dog meat consumption.

“We couldn’t possibly go on with the plan due to endless phone calls of complaint … now there are few willing to rent us a place for the event,” he said.

Professor Ann says the festival would have displayed video clips and pictures of farms raising dogs under sanitary conditions, contrary to public perceptions.

He says there are about 600 farms raising dogs for meat in South Korea, where their meat has long been eaten and dog soup, or Boshintang, is a summer delicacy.

But growing numbers of Koreans oppose the practice and consider it an international embarrassment.

“This is making our country an international laughing stock and making the whole world mistakenly believe that all South Koreans eat dogs,” Park So-Youn, head of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth, said.

“Canines are the animals emotionally closest to humans. You can’t just publicly celebrate killing and eating them.”

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