23/6/16 – well voting has now commenced in the UK regarding its future in or out of the EU.
Reporting restrictions have been enforced until the polls close at 10pm tonight. A result should be known by breakfast time (or soon after) on 24/6/16.
We have had several mails from Members of the European Parliament (MEP) who want us to remain in the EU and inform us how fantastic the EU is for animals welfare. There are some issues (cosmetics and seal fur for example) where EU wide legislation has made a difference.
But UK groups have fought, are fighting, and will continue to fight for animal welfare improvements ANYWHERE whether the UK is in or out of the EU – and that is a simple fact.
Many UK major groups have histories which go back to being formed 100 years ago or more – pre EU days; so we are not going to pack our bags and go home to watch the tv now. The campaigns continue regardless; in or out.
On a more personal / group level, we are really not witnessing anything positive for animals in transport, or for Serbian animals when it comes to the future and what the EU could do for them. Hopefully we have shown this a bit over the past 11 years on this site. For example, the situation for live EU animals being exported to Turkey is disgusting; and we feel for Lesley that her meeting with the EU Commission did not go a lot better last week.
Good EU citizens in their thousands (millions for live export 8 hours) want change; but the non elected EU Commissioners say ‘no’ – so that’s how it remains; the wishes of one person as opposed to the wishes of several million.
8 hours – The petition
At the heart of this campaign is a petition calling for an end to long-distance transport and a reduction of the maximum overall journey time to 8 hours. Organisations large and small as well as many committed individuals all over Europe helped to collect signatures.
The petition was handed in to Brussels in June 2012, signed by 1,103,248 EU citizens.
The EU is out of touch with the real world. On the following link you will find Mark’s new letter to Alan Smyth MEP (in Scotland) regarding our views on the e mail he sent to us asking us to ‘remain in for animals’. Lets be clear – Mr Smith is a very GOOD animal welfare person who works hard for welfare. He is an MEP, but for UK membership we cannot agree with him on how brilliant the EU has been for animals. We hope that Mark’s letter makes this fairly clear.
We have sent our response to Alan Smyth, but do not expect a reply soon as he is obviously very busy with referendum work. We have in this instance a difference of opinion, but we can still work together for improvements for animals (in our outside of the EU) and we can still have full respect for each other. It just happens that in this current case, we do not agree with what the EU has done.
Regards – for the animals – Mark
Please see my latest letter here: