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Monday, 23 November 2015 - Strasbourg Revised edition

A new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020 (debate)
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  Janusz Wojciechowski (ECR). Madam President, during today’s voting of the agenda, one of our colleagues said that we have a problem with terrorists in Europe and so it is not a good time to adopt a resolution about the animal welfare strategy. Fighting against terrorism or animal protection: this is an absolutely false alternative. Animal welfare is a European value; it is a part of European heritage. We can be proud of having one of the highest – maybe the highest – animal welfare standards in the world.

The majority of European citizens want to continue the process of improving animal welfare standards. The majority of European citizens understand the significance of animal welfare and animal protection for our humanity in the 21st century. The lack of a new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020 is treated as a very bad signal that the European Union does not want to continue the policy of the improvement of animal welfare standards. It is a very bad signal for public opinion. This is the reason that we call on the European Union to continue animal welfare policy and to prepare the new animal welfare strategy. Mahatma Gandhi said that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged on how its animals are treated. By adopting the new animal welfare strategy, we can give good evidence of our humanity and our moral progress in the European Union.

 
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