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Italian public votes overwhelmingly to end dolphin captivity

An IPSOS survey has revealed that 96% of Italians want to see an end to the keeping of dolphins in captivity, with 81% admitting that they believe dolphins to be ‘happier’ in the wild.   Italian animal protection NGOs, LAV (ENDCAP member) and Marevivo have today, the 4th July – ‘World Day opposing the captivity…

Polar Bear in German Zoo (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

EU zoos in the spotlight

Today, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, a discussion on the role and performance of EU zoos will take place, hosted by the Parliament’s Intergroup for Animal Welfare.   Presentations will be given by Daniel Turner, Senior Operations Officer at the Born Free Foundation (and ENDCAP’s Coordinator) and Leslie Dickie, Director of the European Association…

Performing Elephant in Cyprus (Photo: Leonid Mamchenkov)

Cyprus bans the use of all animals in circuses

Last week the Cypriot parliament voted to amend their Animal Welfare Law in favour of a total ban on the use of all animals (wild and domestic) in circuses. Roughly translated from Greek, the amendment reads: “The installation and operation of circuses that include in their programme any species of animal, whether to perform, parade,…

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New chapter for the welfare of wild animals in captivity

Following two-day conference on the welfare of wild animals in captivity, wildlife experts call on the EU to support higher standards for these animals, proper enforcement of existing legislation and adequate training.   From 19-20 June 2013, animal welfare organisations the Born Free Foundation and VIER PFOTEN /FOUR PAWS co-hosted a Conference on Wild Animals…

Poster from the event at the European Parliament

Travel industry to influence higher welfare standards

ENDCAP welcomes new initiative by ABTA – The Travel Association.   Brussels, 18th June: Sustainable tourism leaders, MEPs and NGOs launched the innovative Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism. The Guidance, developed by ABTA – The Travel Association, in consultation with leading  experts and industry representatives from across the world, aims to tackle  bad…

Performing Chimpanzee (Photo: Animal Equality)

German Zoo Investigation: Shock Findings

The EU Zoo Inquiry identifies that German zoos are failing to meet EU standards   Brussels 5th June 2013: A report launched today at the European Parliament (Brussels) by leading animal welfare NGOs, has confirmed that many zoos in Germany fail to meet European requirements in species conservation, public education and animal care.   The…

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….

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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…