Support from Brussels for the ban on the export of live animals in Colombia

This week, Green Party MEP Tilly Metz, president of the European Parliament’s Animal Welfare and Conservation Intergroup, expressed her support for a possible ban on live exports in Colombia.

Through a message published on social media, the Luxembourg MEP expressed great enthusiasm for the Bill currently being discussed in the Colombian Congress. MEP Metz was emphatic about the need for both Colombia and the European Union to vote in favour of the ban on the export of live animals.

The European Union could be responsible for up to 80% of the world trade in live farm animals, with Spain being the main exporter of sheep to the Middle East and North Africa.

However, some countries have started making progress towards the walfare of farmed animals, such as Luxembourg, which earlier this year banned the practice, as well as New Zealand, which will ban live animal exports from April 2023. The Netherlands, will not approve exports to non-EU countries when animal welfare cannot be guaranteed and some German federal states such as Hessen, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Saxony and Lower Saxony, have also been adhering to the initiative.

If the Bill that progressively prohibits the maritime export of live animals for consumption purposes, led by animal rights senator Andrea Padilla, is approved, Colombia would join these countries and position itself as a leader in animal welfare in the region.

SOS Animals Colombia joins the call of MEP Tilly Metz and invites the Colombian congressmen and women and the national government to support the prohibition of this cruel and unnecessary practice in Colombia.

Learn more about the SOS Animals Colombia campaign here.

The European Union moves forward against deforestation

Beef, pork, sheep, goat, poultry, corn, cocoa, coffee, palm oil, soybeans, wood, charcoal, and printed paper, including products that contain, have been fed, or have been manufactured with these basic products (such as leather, chocolate and furniture) that come from deforested areas will not be able to enter the European Union market.

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Why are manatees dying in Colombia?

Caribbean manatee and the Amazonian manatee are at risk due to incidental fishing, pollution, drought due to the hoarding of water by monoculture and livestock companies, the loss and fragmentation of their habitats, indiscriminate hunting for the consumption of their meat and entanglement with trammel nets or fishing gear.

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Colombia will have a Animal Protection and Welfare National Policy

After three years of delaying its approval, the Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development approved the National Animal Protection and Welfare Public Policy.

The public policy, approved at the end of July was promoted and drafted by animal welfare politicians Juan Carlos Losada, and Andrea Padilla and had the support of different stakeholders and animal rights activists.

This policy seeks to strengthen institutional management to guarantee the protection and welfare of farm animals, street animals, animals used in laboratories, and wild species victims of illegal trafficking, among others. In addition, it establishes strategies and programs for training in responsible ownership, awareness campaigns, sterilization, creation of territorial welfare centres, rehabilitation and comprehensive assistance for wildlife and replacement of animal-drawn vehicles.

“There are now four important challenges for the National Government with this policy. First, define who will execute and evaluate, second, the articulation between entities of the national order, third, the municipal mandate (…) and fourth point, already with this National Policy, the Government in its Development Plan will have to reserve financial resources for its implementation”, highlighted animal welfare senator, Andrea Padilla, on her Twitter account.

This policy will help strengthen the Law on Environmental Crimes, which punishes the trafficking of Colombian wild species with up to 12 years in prison, The Decree that regulates the sustainable management of wild flora and non-timber forest products, measures that, together with the Climate Action Law, represent the Ministry’s strategy to protect, conserve and restore ecosystems in the regions.

From SOS Animals Colombia we celebrate this historic achievement for the animals in our country.

The full text is available in Spanish here.