ANIMAL FRIENDS CROATIA – Good news from Croatia – the ban on fur farming (chinchillas) has come into force as of January 1st after a 10 year phase out period

On January 1, 2017, the ban on fur farming, which was adopted in the 2006 Animal Protection Act, came into force in Croatia. The entry into force is the result of a long-lasting, decisive, and persistent struggle of citizens, experts, institutions, and animal protection associations during a long-drawn-out 10-year phase-out period, while the chinchilla farmers […]


Dolphinaria in Europe

Today the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals has discussed about dolphinaria in the European Union, an issue which raises concerns and divides public opinion. There are 32 captive cetacean facilities in the EU across 15 Member States which keep a total of 311 animals. The majority of these are bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), but also other […]


MEPs support Eurogroup for Animals / AAP’s “Think Positive” Campaign

The European Parliament today adopted with an overwhelming majority an own-initiative report by Catherine Bearder MEP on the EU Action Plan Against Wildlife Trafficking. The European Parliament’s Report aims to ensure effective implementation and enforcement of the EU Action Plan, calling Member States to act coherently and then more efficiently against wildlife trafficking. Illegal wildlife […]


GAIA – Undercover in the University Hospital, Jette Campus of the Free University of Brussels (VUB): GAIA reveals intolerable suffering of research animals

“Brussels Animal Welfare Secretary of State Bianca Debaets needs to investigate the malpractices at the Animalarium of the VUB and suspend their licence to conduct animal experiments” Brussels, 29th November 2016 – Between March and June 2016, an undercover investigator of GAIA worked as animal caretaker in the Animalarium of the Free University of Brussels […]