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07/06/2006
France attacks Swedish legislation on mink farming

According to Finnish media today, the French government has just launched formal complaint to the EU Commission regarding the Swedish government's proposal to raise welfare standards for farmed mink.

The proposal was going to grant farmed mink higher standards, such as ample room to exercise natural hunting behaviour, having access to swimming water, and being kept alone, rather than crammed together with other minks, during parts of the year.

The Swedish Parliament was set to vote on the new law next week, but this sudden move from France means that the Parliament will have to postpone it's vote for three months, while the EU Commission examines if the Swedish law is in violation of the union's legislative agreements.

"This is an absolute outrage," says Roger Pettersson, Political Officer with Animal Rights Sweden. "What the French government is doing is a direct attack on the Swedish animal welfare legislation. France is in fact doing the dirty work for the fur industry, which has tried to counter-act all animal protection legislation from the very beginning".

Animal Rights Sweden argues that France's complaint lacks all substance. The Swedish proposal has nothing to do with free trade agreements or the basic four freedoms of the EU. Rather it states basic demands for finally fulfilling the existing Swedish animal welfare legislation from 1988, which explicitly demands that all animals kept by humans should be able to exercise their natural behaviour and be protected from unnecessary harm.

Animal Rights Sweden demands that the Social Democrats and it's supporting coalition consisting of the Greens and the Left Party acts urgently and with resolve on this issue.

"Four years ago, these parties made a promise to their voters that the mink industry would be phased out," says Roger Pettersson. "It would be an utter disgrace for them to go into this years election campaign without having delivered what is expected of them. We demand and expect a call for an extra parliamentary session in the beginning of september to pass the new law."

Contact:

Roger Pettersson
Political Officer
Animal Rights Sweden
+ 46 70 585 32 27

Per-Anders Svärd
President and Director
Animal Rights Sweden
+46 733 32 39 44

Caroline Bexius
Press Secretary
Animal Rights Sweden
+46 70 649 20 41

 

Djurens Rätt (Animal Rights Sweden), is the largest animal rights organisation in Scandinavia, with a membership of about 36 000 (to be compared to Sweden�s entire population of 9 million). Animal Rights Sweden was formed in 1882 with the mission to end painful animal experiments. Since the 1970�s, the organisation is also dealing with other issues than animal experiments, especially concerning farm animals and fur production.

Animal Rights Sweden is an animal rights organisation opposed to all experiments, procedures, production methods and other uses of animals that cause them pain, suffering and distress. Animals are sentient beings who are to be treated with respect, and humans have no morally acceptable reasons to expose animals to suffering.

The organisation has a staff of about 27, most of them in the main office in Älvsjö, south of central Stockholm. Animal Rights Sweden has local branches and contacts in about 100 of Sweden�s 288 municipalities.

The organisation is led by a board consisting of 9 board members and 3 deputies, elected by representatives from the local branches at annual general meetings. The current president is Per-Anders Svärd.

Animal Rights Sweden is a member of World Society for the Protection of Animals, the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments, Eurogroup for Animal Welfare, IAAPEA and the Nordic Animal Welfare Council.

Djurens Rätt / Animal Rights Sweden
Address: Box 2005, 125 02 Älvsjö, Sweden
Street address: Gamla huddingevägen 437
Phone: +46 (0)8 555 914 00
Media: +46 (0)70 649 20 41
Fax: +46 (0)8 555 914 50
E-mail: info@djurensratt.se

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