Animal Welfare: Commission designates a second European Union Reference Centre



1630 GMT 4/10/19 – Mark telephones the EU and says that he has been given the info (below) by the EU.

He then asks what violation action is being taken by the EU regarding the 70,000 sheep exported recently from Romania (EU) to Kuwait and Iran in temperatures which do not comply with EU Reg 1/2005 on the welfare of animals during transport.

The man on the phone cannot find anything or provide answers regarding this. He takes Marks contact details and assures that they will ask EU authorities for updates on the situation.

We now wait to hear back via e mail from the EU to find out what, if anything, has happened. We actually doubt if anything at all has taken place. Regards Mark.


Animal Welfare: Commission designates a second European Union Reference Centre
Today, following a public selection process, the Commission has designated, as EU Reference Centre for the welfare of poultry and other small farmed animals, a consortium formed by the Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire de l’Alimentation (France), and also composed of the Institut de Recerca I Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (Spain), Aarhus Universitet – Institut for Husdyrvidenskab (Denmark), and Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia Romagna (Italy). A first centre was designated in March 2018, with works focusing on the welfare of pigs. This second Centre will expand the technical support and coordinated assistance to the Member States to carry out official controls on animal welfare. It will also contribute to the dissemination of good practices, as well as carrying out scientific studies, training courses and disseminating research and information on technical innovations. Improving the enforcement of the legislation is one of the Commission’s priorities in the area of animal welfare. Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis welcomed this designation, stating that “it confirms the Commission’s consistent and long term policy to support strong enforcement on animal welfare. After the designation of a first centre on the welfare of pigs, a second centre on poultry and other small-farmed animals was essential since these animals are subject to intensive production methods”.


WAV Comment _ All looks good on paper – but we still have had no action taken against Romania about the 70,000 sheep they exported in conditions which were NON COMPLIANT with EU Animal Transport Regulations.  Words are one thing, action is another.

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