Anja Hazekamp, EURO Parliament member for Party of the Animals @Stray Animal Symposium 2014
Keypoints: - Only 2 out of 751 EURO Parliament members focus specifically on animals. - Large corporations have a lot of influence on the EU commision, they often throw diner parties for the EU policians. - fortunately NPO/NGO's have also found their way to brussel but do not have the budgets to compete with large corporations. - In 2005 the EU Commision spoke beatifull words that animals have feelings that should be considered when making legislation, but in reality they always put animals last. - It is often argued that animal welfare is a local matter, but the EU parliament continiously discuss other local matters, such as pension legislation. - The EU should be more concerned over humans rights and animal welfare, rather than continiously focus on controlling other local legislations. - Unfortunately, to the majority of the EU commision, the trading agreements are still more important than human rights or animal welfare. - But an EU that values trading agreements over human rights and animal welfare, is an EU that ignores the democratic wishes of the citizens of europe. - Euro parliament members continiously receive thousands of petitions, a very large portion of the petitions received are animal welfare related. - If EU was truly democratic, which it obviously is not now, they would already have listenened to the huge demand for animal welfare legislation. - Eventually this really can not be ignored, so it is very important that we continue to voice our concerns to the european union.
Carien Radstake, Stray-AFP & Animal Medical Care Foundation @Stray Animal Symposium 2014
Counting foreign dogs in NL - Based on the average of several reports, there are 1,8 Million dogs in NL - The number of new dogs in 2013 was 10% (180.000) (including dogs bred in NL, accidental or by breeders) - a vast majority of the new dogs come from east european countries (Romania, Poland, Hungary, Czech) - There is a misconception that rescue NPO's are the cause of this: - 133.000 dogs (73,9%) were imported by commercial trading. - Only 8674 dogs were immigrated to NL by the 168 active rescue NPO's.
Counting dogs in shelters - There are 103 shelters, 51 of which are part of the NPO "Dierenbescherming" - Those 51 keep statistics of the incoming and outgoing dogs - In the last 6 years, a total of 74.875 entered those shelters and 74.767 were either reunited with their owners (79%) of found new homes (20%). - The average amount of dogs that is in the care of each shelter more than 2 weeks, is only around 103 dogs per year per shelter.
Counting dogs traded on the internet ( www.marktplaats.nl) - Measured in July 2014, 12.635 dogs were offered for sale on marktplaats, of which 2720 adults and 9915 pups. - 18.7% are offered for adoption by NPO's, 81.3% are offered for sale by commercial traders.
Alex Ionescu, Romanian Stray Dogs Ploiesti & Friendly Vets for Pets @Stray Animal Symposium 2014
Keypoints: - There are many stray animals in Romania - The government has a lot of budget for catch & kill policies - History proves over and over, Catch & Kill doesn't work! - TNR is much cheaper, but there is no money for it (!?) why? - TNR is not popular because it reduces stray animals and affects profitable business based on catch & kill. - Vet's are not happy about NPO because the cheap fees for spay and neuter surgery cause them to lose some of their business. - New president of Romania looks promising to improve animal welfare situation.
Why is nothing being done about the whales that have been trapped in pens at Taiji and have been abandoned. They are clearly in a great deal of distress, with one looking like it is unlikely to survive much longer. Considering they have already witnessed the slaughter of their pod, this is unspeakable cruelty which the Japanese people seem to be turning a blind eye to. Please, please help. For more information, see Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project