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GAIA welcomes the announcement of an ambitious Animal Welfare Code in Wallonia, including a ban on battery caged hens

GAIA welcomes the ministers’ adoption of the draft decree of Minister Carlo Di Antonio (cdH) regarding the Walloon Code of Animal Welfare. “This new law is a significant leap forward for animal welfare in Wallonia, placing the region among the most progressive in Europe in terms of animal welfare,” declares GAIA’s president Michel Vandenbosch. “One […]

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ADI welcomes the decision by DEFRA to refuse big cat circus trainer Thomas Chipperfield a licence

© Photo Credits: Animal Defenders International Animal Defenders International (ADI) has welcomed the decision by Defra (UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to refuse big cat circus trainer Thomas Chipperfield a licence to perform in England. ADI said Mr Chipperfield has been off the road for more than two years after withdrawing his first licence application when […]

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Norway’s Dyrevernalliansen to contribute to Seafood Federation welfare project

Photo credits: Iselin Linstad Hauge Norway’s Dyrevernalliansen will contribute to an ambitious project aiming to improve animal welfare in the aquaculture industry, launched by the Norwegian Seafood Federation. The project aims to develop shared routines for best practice of measuring and reviewing animal welfare in the industry. Zoologist and scientific adviser Susanna Lybæk in Dyrevernalliansen […]

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ANDA, FAADA, AAP Primadomus: Circus elephants truck accident shows that the use of wild animals in circuses is not only a major problem for animal welfare but also for the safety of EU citizens

On April 3rd a circus truck carrying five elephants from the Gottani Circus crashed in southeasterns Spain. One elephant was killed and two others were injured in the accident.   As expressed in a press release by InfoCircos (a coalition formed by, among others, the organisations AAP Primadomus, ANDA and FAADA), transporting elephants in a circus truck […]

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Djurens Rätt: Important achievements, but further progress is needed on the new Swedish Animal Welfare Act

Photo: Norway’s Animal Protection and Network for Animal Freedom On 11 January, the Swedish Government decided on a proposal for an updated and modernised Animal Welfare Act which will then be forwarded to the Council on Legislation. Djurens Rätt welcomes the positive amendments that concern abandoned cats, elephants and sea lions at circuses and that […]