6 July 2012
Categories: Homepage News, EU Zoo Inquiry News
On 4th July 2012, a crucial vote of the European Parliament finally secured better future protection for wild animals in captivity. This momentous conclusion took two years of relentless work by the Born Free Foundation and our EU partners and now ensures the welfare of this category of animal is recognised by the European Community opening up opportunities to apply higher standards of animal care.
In November 2010, Born Free, together with our ENDCAP coalition partners, launched the initiative ‘Europe’s Forgotten Animals’ to raise greater public awareness about the plight of captive wild animals and push for higher welfare standards. Our launch coincided with a review of the European Union’s Strategy for Animal Welfare 2006 - 2010, which had previously only recognised and sought to protect animals farmed for food and those used by laboratories. ENDCAP was intent on ensuring the EU Strategy for Animal Welfare 2012-2015 would include all animals, including wild animals in captivity (zoos, circuses, individual animals, etc.).
Following over 24 visits to Brussels and countless hours in consultation with numerous Members of the European Parliament and Member State Competent Authorities with the policy team at the European Commission and with the Parliamentary Rapporteur, Marit Paulsen MEP, every individual milestone was achieved, culminating in the Plenary Vote at the European Parliament 4th July 2012. The result was outstanding: 574 ‘For’ and 82 ‘Against’ the new EU Strategy for Animal Welfare 2012-2015, and at last Europe’s Forgotten Animals are forgotten no longer!
Clearly, the vote today represents a major step forward in delivering greatly improved animal welfare provisions. Without the constant and committed support of Born Free’s supporters, our Activate team, the Members of ENDCAP, many MEPS, EU Permanent Representatives, members of the European Commission, such progress would not have been possible. Only three words will suffice: thank you all.