Pinioned goose (Photo: CAPS)

Birds prevented from flight

A recent report released by ENDCAP member, the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) in the UK, has exposed the widely-practised, but little-talked about, practice of pinioning birds by zoos. Thousands of birds are deliberately maimed: permanently preventing their flight, in order to maintain their captivity, whilst “bringing people closer to wildlife”. ENDCAP joins CAPS in…

Pet monkey (Photo: FAADA)

Hope for wild pets?

Europe’s leading veterinarians and EU Parliamentarians call for measures to control exotic pet trade   BRUSSELS: 4th October: A new report ‘Wild Pets in the European Union’  and a two day Conference  ‘Import and Keeping of Exotic Animals in Europe’ hosted by Cyprus, the current Presidency of the EU, and the Federation of Veterinarians of…

Polar bear, France 2009 (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Work starts on a guide to improve EU zoo compliance

Work has begun on the new code of practice that hopes to support the better implementation of the EC Zoos Directive and ensure EU zoos meet their legal obligations in the conservation of biodiversity, public education and animal welfare.   An initiative by the European Commission and executed by consultants, VetEfferT and Active Life Company,…

Conference (ARC)

Conference for Animal Protection in Cyprus

Last week, Government officials, law enforcement agencies, NGOs and academics met in Nicosia, Cyprus, to discuss “The present and future of animal protection in Cyprus”. Hosted by the NGO, Animal Responsibility Cyprus (ARC), the event provided an opportunity for local animal welfare organisations and government officials to discuss the problems facing animals in Cyprus and…

Poland zoo (BFF)

Zoo Conference in Poland

Today government officials, zoo professions, NGOs and academics meet in Warsaw, Poland, to discuss “legislation standards and an actual level of animal welfare in zoos in the European Union”. The overall aim of the meeting is to encourage improved standards in Polish zoos through a proposed revision of the national zoo legislation.   The Born…

WildPetsSlide

Exotic Pets : Close Encounters of the Dangerous Kind?

New report: Wild animals as ‘pets’ threaten the environment and public health   Dogs and domestic cats may be the most conventional and numerous companion animals, or ‘pets’, but  wild animals, such as snakes and lizards, and even meerkats and monkeys, are increasingly in demand around homes in Europe. Wild in nature and often unpredictable,…

24Oct-Ring-necked parakeet, common pet and IAS (D. Turner)

EC survey says 8 out of 10 want restriction on exotic species in trade

New report, published on 3rd October at the European Parliament aims to set the future EC agenda   Results of a European Commission survey* on invasive alien species (IAS) have been welcomed by ENDCAP, the European coalition that is campaigning against the trade in and keeping of wild animals as pets in Europe. Of over…

22Jul-Bulgaria(BFF)

Europe’s Forgotten Animals – No Longer!

Europe’s Forgotten Animals – No Longer!   On 4th July 2012, a crucial vote of the European Parliament finally secured better future protection for wild animals in captivity. This momentous conclusion took two years of relentless work by ENDCAP and now ensures the welfare of this category of animal is recognised by the European Community…

Vote forgotten animals (Animal Public)

Europe votes to help animals

European Parliament votes in favour of new standards for animals in Europe.   On 5th May, in a decisive vote, the European Parliament in Brussels backed the Action Plan on the Protection and Welfare of Animals that will define the future of animal protection in Europe. The majority of Members of the European Parliament voted…

EU zoo inquiry results (M Dooley)

The EU Zoo Inquiry

Report reveals failure in Europe’s zoos to protect animals. A three year study exposes failure of zoo regulation throughout Europe.   Brussels 24th April 2012: Report Findings of The EU Zoo Inquiry, the most comprehensive investigation into the licensing and performance of zoos across the EU, has revealed the systemic failure of governments, competent authorities…