From the Dogs Mouth:
Well the UK is now less than 5 weeks away from the remain in the EU, or leave the EU vote.
According to opinion polls the situation is very close:
It is not our position to try and influence people on which way they should vote. Everyone has their own personal reasons, of which animal welfare could be a small part for some; for others it will not be an issue at all.
We will be voting on 23rd June; the same as everyone else; and two major factors that will influence our decisions relate to live animals in transport, and the Serbian membership of the EU in the future. Will Serbia continue to ignore all the rules and legislation regarding (its own national) animal welfare as we have clearly presented over the years, or will it actually adhere to what Regulations and Directives the EU has in place ? – we very much doubt it.
British people (well at least half of them) are completely and utterly fed up with the false promises of action which are always coming out of the EU. The reality is that these are simply delaying tactics because the EU Commissions do not really wish to get involved with undertaking prosecutions against individual EU states who are NOT enforcing EU legislation, such as Romania, and others who for example export live animals to Turkey, but do not even ensure EU animal transport rules are enforced in the first place !
As an EU member state, the UK is a pretty good one. Largely, we abide by the rules and regulations, and try to comply whenever possible. Some nations do not adhere to the rules regardless of their membership; they take the money and handouts, at the same time doing their own thing. Is this one reason why the people of the UK are fed up with the EU – there appears to be very little positive movement to bring the rule breakers into line; so the question is asked; why should we enforce all the legislation when some others do not and appear to get away scott free with breaking rules !
Whilst EU Commissions do nothing about animal welfare enforcement,, animals in the EU will continue to suffer.
We have presented clear evidence to the EU (Enlargement Commission) of the immense animal suffering and non compliance with (its own) national legislation by Serbia. The EU has totally ignored us and what we say – so now the EU is in a situation – lose the UK and accept Serbia, or improve and keep the UK; and ensure Serbia actually does what the legislation of Serbia says on the Serbian tin !
If the UK does vote to leave the EU, and get away from EU legislation; effectively handing UK legislation back to the UK government, then this will not naturally mean that all the animal welfare groups based in the UK will pack up and do something else. In fact the situation is probably quite the opposite. The EU in terms of animal welfare legislation may benefit by the UK getting out. How ? – the UK has high animal welfare laws anyway, and these will be improved on and campaigned for even more with an EU exit situation – guaranteed !!
UK politicians will not be able to blame the EU for not allowing the UK to do or change ‘this or that’ regarding legislation; it will be back in their hands, and as a result, with all the excellent animal welfare campaign groups here in the UK, we could very easily have a situation where the UK government is forced to improve yet more (national UK) animal welfare legislation. If this is achieved then UK organisations can then go back to the EU and hopefully get EU legislation improved by showing what can be done regarding improvements by an ex EU member state.
With Serbia waiting to join, the EU has major decisions to make – does it improve animal welfare with help from nations such as the UK, or does it allow Serbia to become a ‘Romania 2’ and drag the whole ‘welfare’ issue further into the EU gutter ?
June 23rd will allow UK residents to decide on the future of the UK in or out of Europe. At the moment, from what we see and hear, the UK will be getting out; regardless of the views of the opinion polls.
We write on 19/5 to inform the EU that we are not happy with their actions – and our message is deleted without even being read !
This is the reality of the EU today – this shows how concerned they are at the views and feelings of their citizens.
To: JANZEN Jan (CAB-HAHN)
Subject: UK In Out ?
Sent: 19 May 2016 23:06:35 (UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
was deleted without being read on 20 May 2016 10:04:23 (UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris.
“There are many reasons in Europe to feel at home. Europe is a guarantee for peace, a common space of freedom, security, justice and prosperity “(Reiner Wieland, Vice-President of the EU Parliament).
If it has this guarantee ever existed, it has expired since long!
The reasons that Mr. Wieland has mentioned, do not enable the EU citizens “feel at home”, but are since long been a reason to leave this home and to look for a new home.
The English, though they are not an EU country, have never forgotten the doom of the Greeks.
Environmental protection, energy policy, social laws, animal welfare – nothing that comes out of Brussels, making the lives of British safer, cheaper or more just.
Switzerland, Norway and Iceland are examples showing that it is better to be only loosely connected to the EU.
The nations of Europe, particularly the British, are watching every day with horror into which hopeless situation the EU states have fallen.
In addition, the embarrassing role of Germany in Libya conflict and their underhanded strategy against the ‘problem’ of emigrants from Syria, (what Germany caused itself helped by the US), wakes each day the fear that we have to do with a new “German Problem”.
These are all the reasons for which the vote of the UK gets a special meaning in June.
It is a purely political vote and the result will have only political consequences.
There are many indications for divorce, even if Cameron wants to prevent it.
Germany is still trying to fry an extra portion of sausage for the problematic whiner.
But the impression thickens in many EU partners that Britain’s departure is unstoppable.
Of course, the “German problem” remains in Europe, even if Britain should get out of the club.
A leaving of England would signal a new political landscape in Europe that we need now more than ever urgently.