European flag (Photo: Michal Kubicek)

Conference: Wild animals in captivity – animal welfare, law and enforcement

ENDCAP supports:   CONFERENCE  Wild animals in captivity – Animal welfare, law and enforcement 19th and 20th June 2013, Brussels   The EU Animal Welfare Strategy (2012 – 2015) and the Institutions of the European Union recognise that ‘wild animals in captivity’ require greater protection. This inaugural two day Conference is dedicated to this issue….

A. SOSdelfines, copyright FAADA

ENDCAP joins SOSdolphins

ENDCAP joins the SOSdolphins campaign and helps in its development into an EU-wide campaign.   The plight of dolphins and whales (known as cetaceans) in captivity is one of those topics that generates strong opinions, usually in favour of ending their exploitation and the closure of dolphinaria. This is the goal of ENDCAP, which is…

Circus Tiger (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

UK Government announces 2015 ban on wild animals in travelling circuses in England

Today, draft legislation was announced that would see it become an offence to use wild animals in travelling circuses in England from 2015.   ENDCAP members: the Born Free Foundation and the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) have worked consistently for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses since their inception. Representatives…


Norway says ‘no way’ to pet reptile and amphibian keeping

ENDCAP and other NGOs call on all EU Member States to follow suit   Wildlife protection organisations across Europe are applauding a decision by the Norwegian government to retain a 37-year old ban on reptile and amphibian keeping and trading, and reject a proposal from wildlife dealers and exotic animal keepers to open trade in…

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…


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,…