Day: November 19, 2021

Spain: several monkeys died on board of Wamos Air

17 November 2021: Monkeys destined for US labs die on board Wamos Air flight

Animal Protection groups are calling on the Spanish holiday charter airline, Wamos Air, to immediately stop transporting monkeys for research laboratories following the tragic deaths this week of several monkeys on board its flight from Cambodia to the US.

(Photo; long-tailed macaques on breeding farm, Cambodia, credit Cruelty Free International)

The tragedy began Sunday 14th November.

According to a tip-off received by a concerned person in Madrid, Wamos Air transported 720 long-tailed macaques as cargo on Flight EB998 from Cambodia (PNH) to Houston (IAH) (AWB 46090129060).

The ordeal suffered by these monkeys included confinement inside small transit crates for 24 hours of flying time, with an additional six hour stop-over in Tbilisi, Georgia, which included a three hour delay.

In addition, many hours would have been spent in transit to and from the airports.

In recent months, animal protection groups Action for Primates (UK), One Voice (France) and Stop Camarles (Spain), have spearheaded a campaign across Europe calling on Wamos Air to stop transporting monkeys after discovering the Madrid-based airline was flying thousands of monkeys to the US for research.

Sarah Kite, Co-founder of Action for Primates, stated:
“This tragedy exposes the shocking reality of the suffering inherent in the transportation of these intelligent and sentient beings. It is simply not possible to confine non-human primates to small crates, away from familiar surroundings, and transport them on long journeys across the world without causing considerable distress, physical and psychological suffering.

We know that deaths occur on airlines flying monkeys for research, but details are rarely publicised. This shocking and heartbreaking incident on board a Wamos Air flight is a stark reminder of the very real suffering involved in the global trade and transportation in non-human primates for research.”

The long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) is the most heavily traded non-human primate species for the global research and testing industry, with the US being one of the world’s largest importers and users of non-human primates for research.
In 2020, imports of long-tailed macaques from Cambodia by the US increased by 82.8% – from 8,571 in 2019 to 15,664 in 2020 (!!!)

Wamos Air, formerly Pullmantur Air, primarily operates passenger charter flights to holiday destinations, including in the Caribbean. It is a subsidiary of the Miami-based Royal Caribbean Group (formerly Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd), the world’s second-largest cruise line entity, which operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises.

During transportation, monkeys are held in small transit crates and travel as cargo.
In addition to the cramped conditions, they may be forced to endure inadequate ventilation, unfamiliar and loud noises, temperature and humidity fluctuations and delays en-route.

Monkeys may become ill or die in transit, as happened in this case.
For others, anxiety and stress can lead to infections and the onset of disease which may remain latent until the animals reach their destination.

For further information:…

Please share this post and join Action for Primates, One Voice and Stop Camarles, in speaking out for these monkeys and calling on Wamos Air and Royal Caribbean Cruises to stop flying monkeys to laboratories.

Even if you have written before, please do so again. The companies need to know that their involvement in this immoral trade is not acceptable:

Enrique Saiz, CEO, Wamos Air:

Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd:

Please also sign & share our petition:

#StopPrimateShipments #StopPrimateTests #ProtectPrimates

And I mean…It should be noted that an important part of these monkeys are not used as laboratory instruments because they do not meet certain parameters. These are thrown away, which means, under abuse and cruelty, to be killed.

Today’s animal experiments seem to be very similar to the human experiments in Nazi concentration camps in Hitler’s time.
These crimes against people were the subject of the Nuremberg Doctors’ Trial.
But to date no laboratory doctor has appeared in court for his crimes against non-human animals.

Although we can never know if we will be successful every time, we can be sure that failure to act is failure.
So please sign now if you haven’t signed yet

My best regards to all, Venus

EU: Summary of the 10th meeting of the Platform on Animal Welfare.


Summary of the 10th meeting of the Platform on Animal Welfare

15 November 2021

Green REV

The Platform on Animal Welfare met on the 10th of November to discuss a number of important issues from the sustainable food system framework to the recent citizens initiative to end the cage age, to the ongoing fitness check of the revision of the EU animal welfare legislation.

The aim of the platform is to promote dialogue among competent authorities, business, civil society organisations and scientists on animal welfare issues that are relevant for the Union. The dialogue intends to build mutual understanding, foster trust and encourage voluntary commitments between platform members to achieve concrete results in improving the welfare of animals. Eurogroup for Animals is a member of the platform along with our member organisations World Animal Protection, Green REV Institute, Welfarm, Compassion in World Farming, Four Paws and our Equine Working Group Chair Joe Collins. It was a lively meeting, however it left many people with more questions than answers, particularly concerning the balance between business and NGO stakeholders in the platform.   

The meeting kicked off with a video message from Commissioner Kyriakides, who couldn’t be in attendance, but gave her strong commitment to continue to improve the welfare of animals at European Union level. The platform received a presentation on the Sustainability Food Systems Framework, the public consultation on the sustainability food systems initiative will open in early 2022. The recent roadmap received a lot of feedback, with NGOs particularly stressing the need for policy option 4 as the only option with the capacity to deliver the change needed. 

Mark – WAV

The Commission then presented the Inception Impact Assessment on the revision of Animal Welfare Legislation with follow up presentations from the Vught Alliance Member States (NL, SE, DK, DE and BE), Eurogroup for Animals, and Copa Cogeca, representing the position of the farming industry, each outlining their vision for the new legislation. Eurogroup for Animals presented the No Animal Left Behind white paper which is calling for a new Kept Animals Regulation, that would provide protection for all animals kept for commercial purposes. This regulation would ensure all animals are afforded proper protection relevant to their species specific needs.

In the afternoon the platform discussed the creation of new subgroups and ongoing and new voluntary initiatives. The Commission proposed the creation of six new subgroups, which will contribute to the analysis of the different options developed in the context of the preparation of the revision of the animal welfare legislation. These subgroups are pigs, poultry, calves/dairy cows, transport, animal welfare labelling, slaughter/killing. There was a strong call to link these subgroups with voluntary initiatives to maximise the usage of expertise in these specific areas. The voluntary initiatives are currently on the responsible ownership and care of equidea, on the health and welfare of pets (dogs) in trade, on the welfare of fish and on the welfare of pullets. Members of the platform are invited to apply for different subgroups – Eurogroup for Animals will collaborate with our member organisations on the platform to ensure we are represented across all subgroups. 

Mark – WAV

The final presentation of the day was by PPILOW, who presented a Multiactor approach for improving animal welfare in poultry and pig low-input outdoor and organic production systems. Andrea Gavinelli, DG SANTE closed the meeting. The next Platform on Animal Welfare meeting will be held in June next year.

Powerpoint presentations from the meeting are available here.


Summary of the 10th meeting of the Platform on Animal Welfare | Eurogroup for Animals

Regards Mark

Mark – WAV

France: Historic Animal Protection Bill Passed in France.

WAV Comment: Congratulations to all of our French animal campaigner friends in achieving such fantastic new legislation !

Historic animal protection bill passed in France

19 November 2021



On November 18, the French Senate definitively adopted a new animal protection bill “aimed at combating animal abuse and strengthening the link between animals and humans”. This success follows an agreement on the measures by a joint commission (composed of deputies and senators) on October 21, and an almost unanimous adoption at the National Assembly on November 16.

Highlights of the bill include: 

Immediate ban on the breeding of mink and other animals raised specifically for their fur

End of wild animals in circuses within 7 years

Ban on keeping cetaceans in dolphinaria in 5 years

Increase in fines and recommended sentence times for those convicted of animal cruelty

Ban on the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores from 2024

Better regulation of the sale of animals online

The end of bear and wolf riders, pony rides or the exhibition of animals in nightclubs or parties by 2023

Awareness of respect for pets in the curriculum of primary education, colleges and high schools 

This victory marks a legislative turning point in France, a step forward that will lead to others, it is also the message that we want to send to the candidates of the 2022 elections.

Christophe Marie, Fondation Brigitte Bardot

It is a great victory long awaited by animal rights activists and a majority of French people, and a major breakthrough for the condition of animals in France.

La Fondation Droit Animal, Éthique et Sciences

This is a significant step forward for animal protection in France. Eurogroup for Animals congratulates our French member organisations for their tireless efforts that contributed to this victory.

Read more from our members:


La proposition de loi sur la maltraitance animale définitivement adoptée! – La Fondation Droit Animal, Éthique et Sciences


Regards Mark

EU: A European Commissioner for Animal Welfare? 70% of Europeans want it.

WAV Comment: Lets see the EU now put its money where its mouth is; and act !

A European Commissioner for Animal Welfare? 70% of Europeans want it

15 November 2021

GAIA – Belgium

Press Release

The numbers are clear: 70% of EU Citizens want to appoint a European Commissioner for animal welfare, as shown in an international survey conducted in June 2021. Now, Members of the European Parliament have started the process to support the proposal with the signatures collection for an oral question.

Back in June 2021 IPSOS asked 3,500 European adults between 18 and 65 years old whether they think there should be a European Commissioner for Animal Welfare. The study was conducted in the ten largest EU countries, covering 81% of the EU population: France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, Hungary and Sweden. In all these countries 7 out of 10 citizens think there should be a European Commissioner for Animal Welfare. 

Currently there is no European Commissioner for Animal Welfare and the responsibility is attributed to the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. However, some countries, like Belgium, appointed a minister explicitly in charge of this domain. 

This decision triggered important effects: a clear responsibility in the government for all legislation related to animal welfare, more transparency, and the allocation of adequate human and financial resources to provide concrete responses on this important topic.

In March 2021, Eurogroup for Animals member GAIA, based in Belgium, launched the campaign #EUforAnimals with the support of over forty other animal rights and welfare organisations across Europe, asking the European institutions to finally give animal welfare the attention it deserves, by integrating it explicitly in the job title of the relevant EU Commissioner. 

The #EUforAnimals campaign has already received the support of over 130,000 citizens and 133 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).  

Twelve MEPs have also launched the signature collection to table a cross-party oral question supporting the demand. The process was initiated by the Niels Fuglsang MEP (S&D, Denmark) and is co-promoted by Sylwia Spurek (Greens/EFA, Poland), Petras Auštrevičius (Renew, Lithuania), Manuel Bompard (GUE/NGL, France), Michal Wiezik (EPP, Slovak Republic), Emmanouíl Fragkos (ECR, Greece), Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL, the Netherlands), Johan Van Overtveldt (ECR, Belgium), Emma Wiesner (Renew, Sweden), Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, Finland), Maria Noichl (S&D, Denmark) and Francisco Guerreiro (Greens/EFA, Portugal). 

Members of the European Parliament have often well represented the EU citizens’ will to improve the way animals are treated in Europe. It is my hope and the hope of the other MEPs who are co-promoting this oral question, that many colleagues will join us and that the European Commission will respond positively to our proposal, to see as soon as possible Ms Kyriakides’ title changed into EU Commissioner for “Health, Food Safety and Animal Welfare”

Niels Fuglsang MEP

The survey clearly shows that the campaign’s demand is supported by a great majority of EU citizens. The EU Commission should not delay giving a positive answer to a proposal that can bring great and lasting benefits to animal welfare both at the continental level and beyond. We hope that Commissioner Kyriakides will decide to support #EUforAnimals and become the first EU Commissioner for Animal Welfare.

Ann De Greef, Director, GAIA


The full survey results can be found here 

For more information on the initiative visit the #EUforAnimals campaign website

Regards Mark

Spain: Animal Equality calls for the elimination of exemptions allowing the slaughter of animals without stunning in Spain.

Animal Equality calls for the elimination of exemptions allowing the slaughter of animals without stunning in Spain

12 November 2021

Animal Equality

An increasing number of Spanish slaughterhouses, currently 28%, are licensed to slaughter animals according to religious rites and without stunning. Many consumers are buying meat from animals slaughtered according to these rites without knowing it.

In 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union certified that Member States are entitled to ban the slaughter of animals without stunning and thus not to allow any exceptions. As part of a big campaign, Eurogroup for Animals’ member Animal Equality Spain has already collected more than 14,000 signatures calling on the government to put an end to these exceptions.

In the European Union, the Slaughter Regulation requires animals to be stunned (i.e made unconscious) before bleeding to prevent unnecessary suffering. However, the law includes religious exceptions (halal rite and kosher rite) that allow for the slaughtering of animals while fully conscious.

Currently, in Spain, animals are slaughtered without stunning in 198 (28%) of the 700 existing slaughterhouses: 51 in Catalonia, 35 in Castilla y León, 24 in Andalusia, 16 in Castilla La Mancha, 15 in Valencia, 11 in Aragon, 11 in Galicia, 7 in Madrid, 7 in Murcia, 5 in La Rioja, 4 in the Basque Country, 4 in the Canary Islands, 3 in Extremadura, 3 in Navarre, 1 in Melilla and 1 in Asturias (1). The number of slaughterhouses licensed to slaughter without stunning has been growing steadily in recent years.

Eurogroup for Animals’ member Animal Equality Spain has documented the terrible suffering that animals slaughtered in the context of religious rites without stunning. As part of their campaign MATADEROS, Animal Equality has released these harsh images.

In December 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Member States are entitled to ban slaughter of animals without stunning, regardless of the slaughter context. The Court rules that reversible stunning methods allow for the protection of religious freedom and improve animal welfare.

A number of countries, including Slovenia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and two regions of Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), have already adopted rules without exceptions to the mandatory stunning of animals before slaughter. The latest country to join this list is Greece whose Council of State has declared the decree allowing slaughter without stunning unconstitutional, null and void.

The lack of stunning causes unnecessary and extreme suffering to animals. Reversible stunning makes freedom of belief compatible with improving the welfare of animals in their last minutes of life. It is time for Spain to move forwards and join other Member States that have already banned this cruel practice. We call on the Spanish Government to prohibit slaughter without stunning.

Javier Moreno, Co-founder of Igualdad Animal

For more than fifteen years, Animal Equality has documented and denounced the abuses suffered by animals in slaughterhouses. To reduce the extreme suffering that animals endure during their last moments of life in these facilities, the organisation is calling on the government to implement various measures, including: 

The elimination of the exceptions that allow the slaughter of animals without stunning.

The elimination of the electrified bath as a measure to stun birds

The abolition of the stunning of pigs with carbon dioxide because of the suffering it causes them

The installation of chambers in slaughterhouses with independent supervision 

The drawing up of rules making it compulsory to stun fish. 

In the last month, more than 14,000 people have signed up to demand that the government implement these measures.

Read more at source

Animal Equality

Regards Mark