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ENDCAP joins 100 organisations urging Europe to create a ‘one-stop shop’ to protect millions of animals

Polar Bear in Serbian zoo (Photo: Born Free Foundation)Today, in Brussels, ENDCAP and more than 100 non-governmental organisations have written to the European Commission calling for improved animal welfare standards across the continent. Signatories to the letter represent millions of compassionate European citizens. Among the organisations endorsing the initiative are: VIER PFOTEN/FOUR PAWS, RSPCA, Compassion in World Farming, Humane Society International Europe, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Eurogroup for Animals and the Born Free Foundation.
 
In a letter addressed to European Commissioners Frans Timmermans, Vytenis Andriukaitis, Phil Hogan and Karmenu Vella, the charities called on the EU to introduce a ‘one-stop shop’ for animal welfare to help build knowledge and capacity in the 28 EU Member States and to act as a centralised information point that consolidates expertise concerning animals under human care in Europe.
 
Daniel Turner, Coordinator for ENDCAP said: “ENDCAP, and its membership, is fully supportive of a ‘one-stop shop’ for animal welfare to help raise standards in animal welfare across Europe. Animals in zoos, circuses, farms and laboratories have to endure living conditions that fail to meet even their basic welfare needs, a problem accelerated by poor enforcement and non-compliance.
 
“A European ‘one stop shop’ for animal welfare will ensure Member State competent authorities have the means to access guidance and training to build capacity, ensure effective enforcement of law and uphold animal welfare standards,” Turner added.
 
The call for improved animal welfare standards supports a similar initiative proposed within the European Parliament. British MEP Jacqueline Foster has tabled Written Declaration 22/2015 calling for a ‘one-stop shop’ to improve living standards for all animals in Europe. MEPs have until 27th August 2015 to support the Declaration.
 
Calling on fellow Parliamentarians to sign Written Declaration 22/2015, Foster said, “I strongly support the protection of all animals, irrespective of their use or circumstance, and I welcome the commitment of the European Commission to ensure this become reality.”
 
» Read the letter
» Read the Written Declaration 22/2015
 
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