Signatures for 8 hour live animal transport petition (Photo: Felix Kottmair / Animals’ Aangels)

New report concludes European Citizens’ Initiative useless

An investigation into the European Citizens’ Initiative, established to provide a formal process for European citizens to challenge EU policy and advocate new regulation, has concluded that it is not fit for purpose and requires an overhaul.   The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), established in 2012, is ‘an invitation to the European Commission to propose…

Circus Elephant, the Netherlands (Photo: S. Dubus)

European Vets Recommend Ban on Wild Mammals in Travelling Circuses

Members of the ENDCAP coalition have today welcomed the recently-published position statement from the Federation of Veterinarians for Europe (FVE), which makes recommendations to all European countries to ban the use of wild mammals, such as lions, tigers and elephants, in travelling circuses. The powerful statement, made by the group which represents 46 national veterinary…

Captive Orca at SeaWorld, Orlando (Photo: Davis and Reid)

Do captive orca live longer in the wild or captivity?

Marine parks keeping killer whales (or orca) for display purposes are claiming that their orca in captivity are surviving longer than the same species living in the wild. However, marine mammal experts have questioned the accuracy of the study, which was authored by three employees from SeaWorld and an employee from Minnesota Zoo.   News…

Lions in Bulgarian zoo (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

European zoo failures to be addressed in EU ‘Good Practices’ Document

The Born Free Foundation welcomes the publication of the EU’s Good Practices Document on zoo regulation and hopes that it will influence higher welfare standards for wild animals in captivity.   Drafted through a multi-stakeholder consultative process, the European Commission’s long-awaited EU Zoos Directive – Good Practices Document provides detailed explanations of best practices encouraging…

Polar Bear in Serbian zoo (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Animal protection charities call for EU leadership in animal welfare

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

Europe needs a ‘one stop shop’ for animal welfare (Photo: Animal-Equality)

Europe needs a ‘one stop shop’ for animal welfare

Your actions can help improve animal welfare in Europe. Contact your representatives in the European Parliament and encourage them to support Written Declaration No.22/2015, promoting a “one stop shop” for animal welfare.   In Europe, there are many laws and regulations intended to protect the welfare of animals, but national government authorities do not always…

Benjamin the African Elephant (Photo: Animal Public)

Circus Elephant kills man in Germany

News reports over the weekend confirm that a man in Buchen, Southwest Germany has been killed by an elephant who escaped from Circus Francordia. The elephant, a 34 year old female African elephant, called Benjamin, had apparently been classified as ‘dangerous’ by the authorities, but still used for children rides.   This is not the…

The Loomis campaign will be screened in cinemas in Estonia (Photo: Loomis)

Moving pictures call on people to ban animal circuses in Estonia

Moving pictures that call on people to ban animal circuses in Estonia will be screened in the Solaris cinema in Tallinn and in the Apollo cinema in Pärnu until July 18.   The aim of the NGO animal advocacy organisation Loomus’ campaign is to support the law change that would no longer allow using animals…

Zoomarine, Portugal, (Photo: M. Dooley, Born Free Foundation)

NGO coalition successfully stops “Dolphins with the Stars”

A campaign by a coalition of marine mammal scientists and animal protection NGOs has successfully ended the filming of a new reality TV show, “Dolphins with the Stars” in Portugal.   The show, which tasks celebrities to train individual captive dolphins to perform choreographed routines and tricks before live audiences, has angered the Dolphinaria-Free Europe…