Venus is taking a well deserved (my words not hers) holiday, as she informed on 28/8 – https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/28/venus-is-taking-a-short-vacation-2/
As you are probably aware, live animal exports is one of the main issues that annoys us both, especially EU failures on it; and so we give the issue a bit more time than some other things. I (Mark) have been involved / associated with live animal investigation work for over 25 years; have been awarded for it in the past – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/ – and am generally deeply bummed off by the continual suffering that we (the EU citizen) are still witnessing after all these years.
So, where are we going now with WAV / SAV ?
We will continue to cover many global animal issues as we always have done on this site – nothing changes there. Our dear 751 European Parliament friends (MEP’s) who are supposed to be ‘the heart of democracy’ in the EU, by representing us, the 500 million citizens, http://www.europarl.europa.eu/about-parliament/en will finally return to work on 2/9/2019.
If only the EU ‘system’ really was as good as it thinks – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Parliament
Finland will be the Presidential nation for the last 6 months of 2019.
During January – June of 2019 it was held by Romania.
Although the President Member State, Romania did not enforce existing EU legislation (Regulation 1/2005 on the ‘protection of animals during transport’) whilst it was in charge ! – remember the situation; we covered each day and reported on the shipment of 70,000 live sheep from Romania to Iran in temperatures exceeding (by 10 degrees or more) the maximum which is allowed by EU Regulation 1/2005 ? – this is why we say above ‘if only it (the EU) was as good as it thinks’;
– – if the President state at the time cannot enforce the rules whilst it is in charge, then who does ? – a simple question to MEP’s from simple EU citizens that they are supposed to represent.
So, as of next week we (WAV) will be formally writing to the (English) national members of our European Parliament to ask what is being done about Romania ignoring the EU rules on live animals transport whilst it was the President of the EU ? – we will publish our letter on the site and any explanations that we get back from our MEPs on the issue.
They are being sent a copy of this post in advance so they are prepared for what they can expect from us in the coming weeks.
Further, we will also be following up a lot on the issue of live animal ‘box’ type trailers which are used to transport live animals around the EU. We did a investigative report on the ignorance of the export / transport industry using these trailers several years ago – see it here – https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/08/england-sealed-box-type-animal-trailers-how-the-industry-dodges-identifying-what-they-transport-and-the-eu-oks-it/
So the EU thinks it is good; representing the citizen and all that ?. We say not that good actually. We will be writing to our MEP’s in the coming weeks and asking them some difficult questions about live animal transport; to see how good the system actually is for the EU citizen. The UK Lib Dems think it is fantastic to be members and say we need to remain in the EU; our evidence with all these issues to date simply means we are totally ignored regarding all we present. So, Lib Dem MEP’s especially can provide us with the answers now. We will also ask what is going to be done about the ignorance of the (EU) rules for animals; both in the shipment of Romanian sheep to Iran, and also with box trailers.
So, these issue will be priority over the next week or so; we will publish things when they are done and sent.
As very many EU citizens actually think, the EU is really just ‘lands of confusion’ !!
Regards and have a great evening;
Thanks Anja Hazenkamp in the name of the animals!!