In a move set to promote animal welfare throughout the EU, the European Commission has today (Tuesday) created a dedicated animal welfare platform.
Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has welcomed the move, and urged Scots to apply for one of the 75 vacancies on the Platform on Animal Welfare. The Platform will be comprised of people from the fields of academia, business, government, NGOs and international bodies to discuss how best to apply and promote European animal welfare legislation. The Platform may also outline voluntary rules for businesses to follow.
Alyn, Honorary Vice-President of the Scottish SPCA, said:
“This is excellent news for those of us who care deeply about animal welfare.
“The EU can be a tremendous force for good in protecting animal rights, such as banning animal testing for cosmetics purposes since 2009, and banning the use of cat and dog fur completely. Although it took time to implement, battery cages for laying hens and sow stalls have finally been phased out entirely. The Commission has set up a number of forums to train vets in other countries in improved animal welfare techniques.
“I’m pleased to see that the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis has followed up on his promise to create the Platform, and I urge any interested parties to get involved when the Commission opens applications for the 75 vacancies in the coming weeks.”