Sweden’s Wolf Cull

Shortly after I had scheduled the text below to be my post for 9th February, I read that the cull had been called off because of a legal challenge by conservationists.  I am glad the cull has been suspended – although three wolves had already been killed – but have kept the original text as I believe the Swedish government’s actions are worth highlighting.

Wolves - such a magnificent animal.

Wolves – such magnificent animals.

The UK Wolf Conservation Trust has highlighted that yet again Sweden is culling wolves despite protests by conservationists and the EU.  Last year 6,747 hunters were registered to kill 20 of the total Scandinavian wolf population of about 250.  This year 16 wolves are to be culled and the current population is reported by the BBC to be at least 270.

It should be remembered that Sweden’s wolves are protected under EU law.

Sweden’s wolf population is isolated genetically and there have been calls to try and encourage wolf migration in order to freshen the gene pool, however, given the current Swedish government’s policy of culling wolves, such a move looks unlikely for the foreseeable future.

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Protection of Pigs

2001: the European Union decided to phase-out the use of individual stalls for pregnant sows (except for the first four weeks of gestation and one week before farrowing).

1st January 2003: sow stalls were banned for newly built or rebuilt holdings.

1st January 2013: all other existing pig farms to be converted to group housing systems.

Given the very lengthy timetable involved, I was appalled to read on the Humane Society International web site that it is likely 14 – Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain – of the 27 EU member states will not meet the 1st January 2013 deadline.

BUAV Launches Global Petition Calling for an End to the Mauritius Monkey Trade

Mauritius is the second largest supplier of monkeys for the research industry in the world, exporting – mainly to the US and the European Union, in particular the UK, France, and Spain – up to 10,000 animals every year.

The BUAV has uncovered the slaughter of hundreds of monkeys, considered ‘surplus’ to requirement, including pregnant females and youngsters, at one of the largest primate breeding companies on the island, Noveprim Limited.

With the help Avaaz, BUAV has launched a petition to try to stop the Mauritius monkey trade and is aiming for 1,000,000 signatories.

Please add your name to the petition:
http://petition.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_the_cruel_Mauritius_monkey_trade_4/

Further details are available via:
http://www.buav.org/article/1131

Thank you.

Action Alert: Please Help Save the 2013 EU Ban on Selling Animal Tested Cosmetics

From 2013, sales in the EU of cosmetics tested on animals will be banned.

Some cosmetic companies, however, are pressuring European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to consider a loophole which would allow newly animal-tested cosmetics to be sold in the EU despite the ban.   The Humane Society International has, therefore, launched a petition urging President Barroso to say no to any loopholes and keep the ban intact.

Please sign the petition and help reduce suffering for animals in laboratories.  Thank you.

Save the Primates

I do not wish to live in a society where we experiment on our fellow primates: do you?

If, before watching the video, you wanted to live in a society where we experiment on our fellow primates, is that still the case?

To learn more, please visit the Save the Primates web site.

Action Alert: Protection of Dairy Cows

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), introduced in April 2012, gives European citizens the power to propose new legislation on a specific issue.

Compassion in World Farming, Ben and Jerry’s, and the World Society for the Protection of Animals have launched the Supporting Better Dairy campaign with the aim of securing an EU Dairy Cow Welfare Directive through the ECI process.

In order to achieve this aim, at least 1,000,000 signatures from across the European Union must be collected within one year.

Please visit the Supporting Better Dairy web site and sign the petition.  Thank you.

Action Alert: Please Help End Long Distance Live Transport

Earlier this month, the RSPCA reported that welfare checks on animals being shipped out of Ramsgate port to France revealed a lorry load of sheep with no drinking water. Access to drinking water is a basic legal requirement.

The same article also mentioned that the European Commission has rejected a petition, signed by more than a million people and nearly 400 MEPs, calling for a maximum eight hour journey time for live animals.

Please let the European Commission know how you feel about the petition’s rejection.  Thank you.