Day: March 11, 2022

EU: Aquaculture Advisory Council Releases 2 New Recommendations On Fish Welfare.

10 March 2022

The Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC) has published its Recommendations to the European Commission and the Member States, one on fish welfare in live transport, and on setting up a Fish Welfare Reference Centre.

Most fish in European aquaculture are moved between sites at least once during their life, and many are moved several times between or within sites. The live transport of fish is governed by EU regulation 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport but currently contains provisions that cannot and should not be applied in fish transport.

As part of the Farm to Fork Strategy, the European Commission is now reviewing this regulation with a view to making a new legislative proposal. Eurogroup for Animals, Compassion in World Farming, and Vissenbescherming, have worked with aquaculture producers and other stakeholders in the AAC to develop these consensus positions.

Regarding fish welfare in live fish transport, the AAC notes that it is necessary to take the specific needs of fish, and sometimes species-specific needs, into consideration when establishing rules for animal and fish transport. The AAC makes detailed recommendations covering:

1. Pre-transport planning and preparations, including proper vehicles and equipment

2. Journey preparations, inspecting and preparing the fish and equipment

3. Loading and unloading, for most finfish species the most stressful part of live transport. 

4. The journey itself should be gentle, with continual monitoring of oxygen and temperature.

5. Post-journey monitoring of appetite, behaviours, disease and mortality. 

DG-SANTE, in cooperation with Member States, has already set up Animal Welfare Reference Centres in relation to pig welfare, poultry welfare and ruminants’ and equines’ welfare. The AAC has now made the recommendation that a fish welfare reference centre should be established to address the welfare of fish and other farmed aquatic animals that are produced and imported into the EU. 

The AAC highlights priorities for the reference centre including:

  • the development of species-specific guidelines, 
  • establishing validated indicators,
  • covering all stages including hatcheries, rearing, transport and slaughter.

Read more at source

Aquaculture Advisory Council

Regards Mark

From George – A Guide Link To Cruelty Free Beauty Shopping.

WAV Comment – Supporter George has made contact with kind words about the Vegan info we are putting on the site.

In addition George has provided us with a link regarding cruelty free beauty shopping, and we repeat the link provided to us – please have a look and find out more.

Link:  A Guide to Cruelty-Free Beauty Shopping (

As said, thanks George for your kind words and the supply of the link which we hope will be of great benefit to supporters.

We follow this with the news which has just arrived with us – a press release from our animal buddies at Gaia in Belgium.  Here below is a repeat of the press release:

Nine years after EU ban, animals will once again be dying in the name of beauty 

10 March 2022


Press Release

On the ninth anniversary of the EU law preventing the sale of all cosmetics products tested on animals, animal protection NGOs Cruelty Free Europe, Eurogroup for Animals and GAIA will not be celebrating, as chemicals rules look set to render the bans meaningless. 

Yesterday, the organisations held a vigil for the cosmetics animal testing bans close to the headquarters of both the European Commission and Council in Brussels. They were joined by the French street artist Ckeja, who painted live throughout the vigil. 

Despite huge public support for the bans[1], cruel animal tests are now being required by European authorities, including on ingredients used solely in cosmetics. Proposals to extend the scope of chemical safety legislation under the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability look set to massively increase the amount of regulatory animal testing taking place in Europe, including tests for cosmetics’ ingredients, namely make-up, shampoo, moisturiser, soap, perfume and toothpaste.  

A study carried out in 2021 by the European Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing found that 63 chemical safety assessment dossiers in the EU’s chemicals database had used the results of new animal testing for cosmetics risk assessment, with this number looking set to increase as the European Chemicals Agency carries out more reviews. This is testing that has taken place since the bans[2] came into place. 

Europe’s leaders often trumpet how brilliant the EU’s cosmetics animal testing bans are – and how they were ground-breaking and a model for the world. However, we know that more and more animal testing is being required by regulators for ingredients in cosmetics, against the wishes of European consumers and cosmetics brands. But we can all stand up and say that we want our bans back and we want them strengthened by signing the Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics European Citizens’ Initiative at We have the power!

Kerry Postlewhite, Director of Public Affairs, Cruelty Free Europe

Non-animal approaches to ensure the safety of cosmetics and other consumer products have been routinely used in the EU for decades. There is no reason to test ingredients on animals when advanced non-animal assessment strategies are available and offer reliable alternatives to animal testing. With this ECI, we call on the European Commission to commit to actions that can ensure the protection of human health and the environment by managing chemicals without the use of animals, and to invest in human-based, non-animal approaches for regulatory decision-making.

Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals

The 2013 EU trade ban on cosmetics tested on animals is in danger. It would be a real shame if the clock would be turned back.

Ann De Greef, CEO, GAIA

Notes to Editors  

[1] 74% of adults in EU Member States agree that animal testing for cosmetic products and their ingredients is unacceptable in all circumstances,  Savanta ComRes survey for Cruelty Free Europe, July 2020.

[2] As well as the 2013 ban on the sale of all cosmetics products tested on animals, the EU had previously banned the testing of cosmetics products on animals in 2004, and the testing of cosmetics ingredients on animals in 2009 – Ban on animals testing.

Video and photos of the Brussels event on Thursday 10 March are available here. Interviews are also available on request. 

ECI Cruelty Free Cosmetics 

Regards Mark