SNP MEP and member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee Alyn Smith has today (Tuesday) welcomed the Paulsen Report on animal welfare as a good report, with strong messages on implementation of existing legislation, incorporating animal welfare into trade issues, establishing a Framework Law, providing farming method labelling, and many other issues.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP, member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, has expressed his disappointment with the news that not all EU Member States will be compliant with the regulation on battery cages (Council Directive 1999/74/EC) by the end of this year.Read more
Through submitting several amendments to the Agriculture Committee's Wojciechowski Report on Animal Transport, SNP MEP Alyn Smith has signalled the need for "enforcement first" of the current rules before new legislation.Read more
Alyn Smith MEP, Scottish full member of the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, has signed a Written Declaration calling for the enforcement of the EU's ban on individual sow stalls on 1 January 2013.Read more
"Better information and enforcement of current rules the key"
SNP Member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee Alyn Smith has today discussed in Committee a draft report on animal transport across the EU. The Wojciechowski Report is, in Alyn's view, a well-balanced stock take of the existing legislation across the EU, and while it does suggest further consideration of whether the Parliament should legislate to enforce an 8 hour limit on journey to slaughter, the focus is very much upon better enforcement of the existing rules.Read more
The European Commission's launch of its new four-year strategy (2012-2015) on the welfare of animals in the European Union has been welcomed by Alyn Smith MEP as an important opportunity to fine tune and improve upon the initial Animal Welfare Strategy from 2006.Read more