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SUCCESS! SPANISH CIRCUS VOLUNTARILY STOPS WILD ANIMAL PERFORMANCES AND HANDS IN LIONS TO AAP PRIMADOMUS

On May 16th AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection rescued two lions from the first Spanish circus to voluntarily stop performances with wild animals and commit to not resuming that activity in the future. The decision of the circus has been motivated by the progress booked in Spain by AAP, its partners in the coalition InfoCircos […]

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Wallonia takes an historic step towards a ban on slaughter without stunning

Michel Vandenbosch: Ladies and gentlemen, GAIA says “Bravo” and “Thank you on behalf of the animals!” The ritual slaughter of animals without prior stunning will finally be well and truly banned in Wallonia. Walloon deputies on the Region’s Environment Committee approved this morning a proposal for a decree aiming to end this practice in the […]

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Rescue Centres And Animal Shelters Raise Their Voice Against The Booming Exotic Pet Trade In Europe

The problems generated by the exploding exotic pet trade throughout Europe are reaching a tipping point. Rescue centres and sanctuaries simply cannot keep up with the amount of animals in need of help. In Germany, 30 rescue facilities have joined their voices in a letter to the Agriculture Minister, competent for the regulation of the […]

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World Bank Says Animal Welfare is a “Critical Issue” for the Future, Commits to Global Conference on Animal Welfare and Development

After ongoing discussions with World Animal Net and other animal protection organisations, the World Bank has agreed to host an international stakeholder workshop on animal welfare later this year. The workshop will focus on best practices with the intention of creating practical guidelines on animal welfare. This development was announced at the annual Agriculture Global […]

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Lucky seventeen – these foxes escaped death and will be living happy lives in shelters all over Poland

1.    A fur farm has been discovered in Raciborsk near Wieliczka where foxes were kept in cruel conditions. 2.    Seventeen foxes were rescued by the Open Cages Association. 3.    The foxes will be taken care of by animal shelters all over Poland.         On the 23rd of March, the Animal Welfare Organization in Cracow discovered […]

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Historic Agreement in Flanders to ban slaughter without stunning

Michel Vandenbosch: “For GAIA, this is the result of 25 years of activism. Hundreds of thousands of sheep and cattle will finally escape the unnecessary and avoidable suffering of having their throats cut while fully conscious.” Slaughter without pre-stunning of animals will be banned in Flanders, including slaughter carried out under the practices of religious […]

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High officials recognize key role of rescue centres in fight against wildlife trafficking

A better system to deal with confiscated live animals urgently needed Almere The Netherlands, 23 March ‘17 – Today the outgoing Dutch Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Martijn van Dam and CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon have paid a joint official visit to AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection in the Netherlands. AAP is an internationally-recognized […]

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Italy towards a ban on the use of animals in circuses

         On Wednesday March 15th, LAV in collaboration with Animal Defenders International has organised a successful workshop at the Library of the Italian Senate, in Rome, to discuss about circuses with animals and the implications related to the veterinary, ethology and public security. The socio-economic effects of the conversion of circuses with […]

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Piglets ask for the end of castration without anesthesia in Parisian metro

WELFARM launches its poster campaign against castration without anesthesia After its poster campaign censorship in september 2016 in many cities in West of France, WELFARM starts again its operation with posters in parisian metro stations during the agricultural centre. This event takes place within #COUIC2018 campaign against piglets castration without anesthesia. This practice is undergone by 10 million […]

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ANIMAL PROTECTION AGENCY – Improvements to pet selling regulations welcomed but exotics must not be left out in the cold

Plans announced by the Government for new regulations governing pet selling have been broadly welcomed by the Animal Protection Agency (APA) – an organisation that works to protect exotic pets. However, APA is calling for certain protections to be extended to all pets including non-domesticated or exotic animals.  Yesterday, the Department for Environment, Food & […]

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AAP ANIMAL ADVOCACY AND PROTECTION – All but 123 mammal species forbidden as pets in the Netherlands

AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection is happy about the publication by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Positive List for mammals: a list detailing the species allowed to be kept as pets, as well as defining the conditions in which the animals should be kept. The list, drafted after a long and thorough […]

FONDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT – Brigitte Bardot Joins European Animal Groups To Urge Air France To Stop Transporting Monkeys For Research

Brigitte Bardot has joined the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), a coalition of leading animal protection organisations from across Europe, in calling on Air France to end its involvement in the cruel trade of monkeys for research. The former model, singer and actress who set up the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the welfare […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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ANIMAL DEFENDERS INTERNATIONAL – New video shows lions and tigers left behind by broken promises

ADI investigation reveals the misery of Chipperfield’s lions and tigers as Government stalls on promise to ban wild animal circuses. ADI has released a video exposing the inherent suffering of lions and tigers in a travelling show. The controversial act, ‘An Evening with Lions and Tigers’, is the last in the UK to feature big […]

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OTWARTE KLATKI – Fur Free Day in Poland poles against fox and raccoon dog fur farming

On 15th November at 11 a.m. Otwarte Klatki organized a demonstration against fox and raccoon dogs fur farming in Poland, on the square in front of the Polish Parliament. On that day, the Polish Parliament had its session. The action gathered about 150 people and lasted about one hour. All the participants were holding posters […]

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ONE KIND celebrates Scotland’s commitment to ban wild animals in circuses

In its new proposed programme for Government 2016/17, the Scottish Parliament has pledged to introduce a Bill this session to end the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Scotland. This follows decades of campaigning and lobbying for a ban by OneKind and the Born Free Foundation. Libby Anderson, our policy adviser who has […]

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WORLD HORSE WELFARE – Help stop this agony for horses – ask the UK Government for change this

For many years, World Horse Welfare has been documenting the appalling welfare impacts on the tens of thousands of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules who endure long-distance journeys across Europe each year for slaughter. Often exhausted, diseased, injured and travelling for days over thousands of miles: these horses are deprived of food, water, and rest. […]

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VIER PFOTEN – Albanian Environment Ministry and FOUR PAWS rescue “beer bear” Tomi

Albania, 31.08.2016  – There’s hope for the saddest bears in Europe: on 17 August 2016 the international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS started a campaign to save the approximately 50 brown bears that are being illegally kept in cruel conditions of captivity in Albania. Following this, the Albanian Environment Ministry is now stepping in. Yesterday, […]