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In Timmermans we Trust

Animal Welfare is a policy field that does not sit with one Commission department only. Ultimate responsibility for this field should now sit with Frans Timmermans as Executive Vice President for a European Green Deal. Commission President-elect von der Leyen has today unveiled her proposed new team that will take office on 1 November. Whilst […]

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Opposition to EU-Mercosur deal is growing

Photo credits: ©David Mercado/Reuters While it seemed impossible back in July, now the opposition to the EU-Mercosur deal is building up among Member States due to the dramatic fires caused by deforestation and the lack of action of Brazilian President Bolsonaro. Could this be an opportunity for EU Member States to realise they need to include […]

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Hopeful news for wild elephants at CITES conference

Photo: Faunagraphic The World Wildlife Conference has taken an historic step towards ending the international trade in live, wild-caught elephants. Yesterday, at the eighteenth Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) in Geneva, delegates voted to ban the capture and trade of […]

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Misery for 70,000 Gulf-bound sheep continues

Photo: © Animals International The plight of the 70,000 sheep on the shipment from Romania to the Persian Gulf continues, with the vessel entering Shuwaikh port in Kuwait yesterday in temperatures that were reported to have reached 47°C.  It is day 19 for the remaining animals on board the Al Shuwaikh, owned by the Kuwaiti […]