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Animal Health and Welfare (03-05-2011)

Conference in the Baltic to discuss ways to achieve goal of responsible pet ownership

The Commission will present ideas on how to consider the welfare of pets in its future Animal Welfare Strategy (2011-2015), during a conference on animal welfare in the Baltic Region. The conference, the first of its kind in the region, is to take place on May 4 in Vilnius, Lithuania. It is organised by the Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture, the Lithuanian Parliament, the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), the organisation Vier Pfoten and the Instituto G. Caporale/Teramo with the Commission's support. The event will focus on responsible ownership of companion animals in the Baltic.

Representatives of national authorities in the region, professional organisations, NGOs for animal protection, representatives of the European institutions and other stakeholders will attend the event. The participants are committed to take forward the idea of responsible ownership, disseminated last year through the CAROdog project and other similar initiatives. CAROdog is a website which offers tools for political strategies and concrete projects to build up a European wide culture of responsible dog ownership.

The Commission's options to consider the welfare of companion animals in its future Animal Welfare Strategy represent the answer to a call made by the EU Council in November 2010.

The conference represents an opportunity for the Commission and its partners to build up a European wide culture of responsible pet ownership.

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