The European Union is a major player in terms of animal welfare. It legislates on issues such as animal transport, pet passports, wildlife crime and animal experiments, including the successful ban on the use of animals to test cosmetics in March 2013.
The European Commission has proposed a new general animal welfare law which should provide the highest level of protection for animals, as long as it is sufficiently detailed and enforceable. This will be a challenge and, to achieve it, I believe we need a Commissioner with clear responsibility for animal welfare.
After the European Elections on May 22nd, a new Commission will be appointed, one Commissioner from each of the 28 Member States. Each Commissioner is given responsibility for an area of policy. There should be a Commissioner for Animal Welfare. It would not only ensure that the welfare of animals was considered when drawing up new legislation or when taking up complaints about animal cruelty, but it would also send out a strong message to the rest of the world that the EU takes animal welfare seriously.
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Member of the European Parliament for Wales
JILL EVANS, MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT FOR WALES
Author of European Parliament Reports on animal testing and on pet passports.
Honorary associate Member of the British Veterinary Association (BVA)
Greens/EFA group spokesperson on animal welfare law
Campaigned for the ban on testing of cosmetics on animals
Supports an end to animal experiments for household product ingredients by 2018
Wants more money for non-animal alternative tests to reduce the numbers of animal experiments.
Supports the BVA campaign to ban primates as pets
Opposes cloning animals for food.
Opposed EU funding for bull fighting.
Supported the ban on seal products in the EU.
Has taken up many issues raised by constituents concerned about cruelty to animals