EU: Italy and Spain Reprimanded by European Commission – ? Serbia When It Becomes A Member State ? – For Non Implementation of Existing Animal Welfare Legislation.

Italy and Spain reprimanded by European Commission –

? Serbia when it becomes an EU member ? – for non implementation of animal welfare legislation ?

Posted on 29/09/2011

Eurogroup for Animals welcomes today the European Commission decision to take further steps towards referring Italy and Spain to the Court of Justice for failing to respect EU rules on issues related to the well-being of animals.

  • In the first case, the European Commission called on Spain to take action to address serious deficiencies in the implementation of slaughter Directive. Indeed, during control missions, the Food and Veterinary Office found among other problems repeated failure to properly stun the animals before slaughter. The Commission is now giving Spain two months to comply with its obligations or the case may be referred to the EU court of Justice.
  • The second case is a reminder sent to Spain again about its obligation to comply with the Directive which protects zoo animals. Spain has already been condemned by the European Court of Justice (ruling of December 2010) for failing to adequately protect zoo animals and for neglecting to apply EU rules for the inspection and licensing of its zoos. Nearly a year after this ruling, the Commission has still no proof that licensing is working properly, or that substandard zoos have been closed. If Spain fails to respond appropriately, the Commission may return to the Court and ask for financial penalties.

As Serbia is seeking EU membership; the EU will need to review the current situation for animal welfare within Serbia – another nation that does not seem to be enforcing its national animal welfare legislation. 

Review the recent situation at Novi Pazar ‘Zoo’:

  • The third and last case concerns the failure of Italy to adequately control and enforce the EU ban on the use of drift-nets, ruining marine habitats, endangering marine wildlife and threatening sustainable fisheries. Italy was previously found guilty at the European Court of Justice. The Commission has been persistenty calling on Italy to fulfill its monitoring and enforcement obligations concerning illegal drift-nets. However, recent on-site inspections show that they continue to ignore the issue. The Commission’s verifications indicate that drift-nets are still used illegally in Italy in large numbers.