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ENDCAP: Working together for wild animals in captivity

Achievements

2012

  • Recognition of ‘wild animals in captivity’ as a genre of animals in future of EU policy
  • Council Conclusion that ‘wild animals in captivity’ require better protection
  • Recognition of, and actions that will improve the welfare of ‘wild animals in captivity for business purposes’ included within the EU Strategy for Animal Welfare
  • Recognition that more research on ‘wild animals in captivity’ is required to improve their  welfare
  • Publication of EU Zoo Inquiry: Report Findings and Recommendations, an evaluation of the implementation and enforcement of the Zoos Directive 1999/22, identifying extensive failures
  • European Commission welcome the EU Zoo Inquiry and agree to develop an EC code of practice for zoos
  • EXPO in the European Parliament to raise awareness of poor animal welfare in EU zoos
  • MEP support for the effective enforcement of the Zoos’ Directive, and the development of initiatives to improve conditions for animals in EU zoos
  • Publication of EU Zoo Inquiry reports exposing non-compliance with national zoo law in England, Malta, Hungary and Italy.
  • Publication of Wild Pets in the EU, highlighting the impacts on biodiversity, public health and animal welfare
  • MEP support for greater restrictions in the trade in and domestic keeping of wild pets
  • Delivery of training to help improve the knowledge of veterinarians in animal welfare, specifically ‘wild animals in captivity’ in Latvia, Romania and Italy

 

2011

  • Publication of EU Zoo Inquiry reports exposing non-compliance with national zoo law in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia, at three separate events hosted by the European Parliament
  • Publication of the EU Zoo Inquiry report on EU Dolphinaria, in collaboration with Whale and Dolphin Conservation
  • Delivery of training to help improve the knowledge of veterinarians in animal welfare, specifically ‘wild animals in captivity’ in Hungary and Spain
  • In collaboration with Greek Member NGO, ARCTUROS, highlighted the plight of wild animals in captivity at a conference, attended by government representatives
  • In collaboration with Spanish Member NGO, FAADA, highlighted the plight of wild animals in circuses in Spain
  • Secured amendments within the European Parliament’s “Gerbrandy Report”(COMENVI), advocating greater monitoring of wild animal imports for the pet trade and controls on wild-caught animals

 

2010

  • Ensured ‘animals in zoos, circuses and those kept as pets’ were included in the European Parliament’s “Paulsen Report” (COMAGRI), extending the scope of the EU Strategy for Animal Welfare
  • Successful lobbying for a common understanding of ‘animal welfare’ in the EU

 

2009

  • Publication of Animal Welfare Excellence in Europe, advocating the need for the European Institutions to recognise, and seek to protect ‘wild animals in captivity’ in the EU, particularly through: the Action Plan on the Protection and Welfare of Animals and the proposed, European Network of Reference Centres for the protection and welfare of animals.
  • EU Zoo Inquiry commences, with the assessment of 200 zoos in 20 EU Member States

 

2008

  • Initiation of a postcard campaign to highlight the poor welfare conditions in Europe’s zoos, which saw 65,000 postcards sent to the Commissioner of the Environment from 11 EU Member States. The Commission acknowledged the concern but indicated that “sufficient evidence [should be] gathered on the implementation of the directive”
  • ENDCAP launches “Europe’s Forgotten Animals” at the European Parliament to raise awareness and support within the European Institutions for greater protection of wild animals in captivity in Europe


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