THE NEXT FEW WEEKS ARE A CRITICAL TIME FOR CAPTIVE WILD ANIMALS THROUGHOUT THE EUROPEAN UNION
The next few weeks could be critical for animals in Europe’s zoos and for wild animals kept as ‘pets’ and I will need your help!
Please contact your MEP (if you don’t know who your MEP is then see website details at the end of this blog) and seek their involvement and support - these dates are top priority:
April 20th – The European Parliament will consider and vote on the EU’s revised Biodiversity Strategy. Born Free has worked hard to make sure that there are new restrictions placed on the trade in, and private keeping of, wild animals. These restrictions have been agreed by the Environment Committee but we must make sure they are not lost when it comes to the full Parliamentary vote!
April 24th – Born Free and ENDCAP will host an exhibition on the findings of the EU Zoo Inquiry (three years’ work assessing over 20,000 enclosures in 200 zoos in 20 EU countries – see www.euzooinquiry.eu for details) highlighting the plight of wild animals kept in zoos. The week-long exhibition will be launched at a special Reception on 24th at 6.30pm (I’ll be there with Virginia). Please encourage your MEP to attend and ask them to contact Jayney Caspar (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
April 25th – Parliament’s Environment Committee will discuss zoos and their lack of commitment to conservation. If your MEP is on the Environment Committee then ask him or her to require zoos to make a meaningful and measurable contribution to the conservation of biodiversity and the care of their animals.
April 25th – On the same day the Environment Committee will discuss the EU Strategy on Animal Welfare. If your MEP is a member of the Environment Committee ask him or her to ensure that the interests and welfare of wild animals in zoos and those kept as ‘pets’ are fully discussed and included in the strategy.
April 27th – The EU Parliament’s Environment Committee will vote on the issue of Animal Welfare. If your MEP is a member of the Committee, ask him or her to vote for the highest possible welfare standards and protection for animals, including wild animals in zoos or kept as ‘pets’.
May 19th – The Agriculture Committee will vote on the content of the Parliamentary Report on the EU Animal Welfare Strategy. We need ‘wild animals in captivity’ to be included!
Details of MEPs
Environment Committee go to http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/envi/members.html
Agriculture Committee go to http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/agri/members.html
All MEPs go to http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/full-list.html
Strong positions and full participation by MEPS, both at the committee level and at the Parliamentary level, can make a real difference but they need to hear your voice.
So please do get in touch with your MEP and ask for their support – and resend this blog far and wide to anyone you know who cares about animals, wherever they live in the EU, and ask them to help too by contacting their MEP!
Born Free Foundation