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…

Dolphinaria-Free Europe

Coalition Calls for Dolphinaria-Free Europe

The world’s leading dolphin experts highlight plight of animals held in European zoos and urge all European nations to phase out dolphin captivity for public entertainment.   (Brussels, 4 March 2015) – Today, whale and dolphin experts from across the world have launched a new initiative at the European Parliament to raise awareness about the…

Marmoset (Photo: M. Dooley)

Restriction on Exotic Pets in the Netherlands

A new Dutch regulation came into force on 1st February 2015 which now limits the type of animals that can be kept as pets.   The list, which currently only covers mammals, means that any mammals not included on the ‘Positive List’ cannot be legally kept or may only be kept with a special permit….

Malaga outlaws animals in circuses (photo: La Opinion de Malaga)

Malaga outlaws animals in circuses

The prohibition of both the use of animals in circuses and pony carousel rides was brought in by the Popular Party (PP) Government in Malaga last week.   This follows an announcement made in October last year by the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, who stated that the use of animals in circuses…

Iberian wolf (Photo: Tim Strater)

Surplus animals killed in Nature Park of Cabarceno, Spain

On 28th November 2014, eight wolves were shot dead at the Natural Park of Cabárceno. According to the zoo, an incompatibility between two groups of captive wolves had resulted in the death of at least three individual animals who had attacked each other.   According to the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), which…

Young captive Orca at Harderwijk dolphinarium (Photo: Tambako The Jaguar, Flickr, Creative Commons)

Takeover of Harderwijk dolphinarium

Spanish company Aspro Parks – a European operator of leisure parks and centres which include a number of dolphinaria – are planning to take over Harderwijk dolphinarium in the Netherlands.   Aspro Parks is one of the largest European operators of leisure parks and centres with 60 parks and centres in Spain, UK, France, Finland,…

Circus elephant (Photo: Dirkjan Ranzijn)

Netherlands approves a ban on wild animals in circuses

The Netherlands has joined the list of European countries that have prohibited the use of wild animal species in circuses. Implementing a positive-list approach, listing species that are allowed in performances, the Netherlands will be prohibiting the use of animal species excluded from the list and their use in any type of performance (excluding performance…