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EU - Egg Labeling - Egg Labeling Directive Number 1028 - Council Regulation (EC) No 1028/2006   (EC) No 1028/2006   In June of 2006, the Commission passed a broad regulation on egg labeling—Number 1028—that served mainly to set out labeling requirements distinguishing between Class A eggs (eggs for direct human consumption) and Class B eggs (other eggs). It paved the way for more detailed egg labeling legislation, such as Regulation 557 of 2007, that had a more direct impact on hen welfare.  
EU - Farming - 78/923/EEC: Council Decision of 19 June 1978 concerning the conclusion of the European Convention for the protection of animals kept for farming purposes   78/923/EEC   This EU council decision approves the European Convention for the protection of animals kept for farming purposes on behalf of the European Economic Community. It has the aim of protecting animals kept for farming purposes, particularly in modem intensive production systems.  
EU - Farming - Commission Directive 2002/4/EC on the registration of establishments keeping laying hens   Commission Directive 2002/4/EC   This EU commission directive concerns Council Directive 1999/74/EC on the registration of establishments keeping laying hens. It mandates that Member States establish a registration system for egg producers covered by Directive 199/74/EC.  
EU - Farming - Council Directive 1999/74/EC laying down minimum standards for the protection of laying hens   Council Directive 1999/74/EC  

The Directive lays down minimum standards for the protection of laying hens. It does not apply to establishments with fewer than 350 laying hens or establishments rearing breeding laying hens. Such establishments are, however, subject to the requirements of Directive 98/58/EC.

 
EU - Farming - Council Directive 1999/74/EC of 19 July 1999 laying down minimum standards for the protection of laying hens   Council Directive 1999/74/EC   This EU council directive lays down minimum standards for the protection of laying hens. In particular, it eliminates battery cages in the EU by 2012 for operations that meet the criteria (establishments with more than 350 laying hens) and creates a registration and reporting system for egg producers.  
EU - Farming - Council Directive 2007/43/EC laying down minimum rules for the protection of chickens kept for meat production   2007/43/EC  

Community measures regulate the management of holdings that rear chickens for meat production in order to improve animal welfare, particularly for chickens kept on intensive farms.

 
EU - Farming - Council Directive 2008/119/EC (Calves)   2008/119/EC   Even before passage of this important new directive setting down minimum standards for the protection of calves, the use of veal crates for rearing calves had already been illegal in the EU (since 2006). The new directive, however, passed on December 18, 2008, fleshed out older one, establishing new welfare minimums under which veal could be raised. According to the new directive, veal calves may, when very young, be kept in individual pens, but must be able to turn around and to see and touch other calves through perforated walls. Once they are more than eight weeks old, veal calves must be reared in groups. To guard against the nutrient-deficient diet veal calves have long been fed on factory farms—and continue to be fed on farms in the United States—European calves must, at least twice a day, be fed a diet that meets basic health requirements to ensure their bodies develop normally.  
EU - Farming - COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 93/119/EC on the protection of animals at the   COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 93/119/EC  

This directive reflects the EU's concern for a need to establish common minimum standards for the protection of animals at the time of slaughter or killing in order to ensure rational development of production and to facilitate the completion of the internal market in animals and animal products. The directive also states that at the time of slaughter or killing animals should be spared any avoidable pain or suffering.

 
EU - Farming - Council Directive concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes   98/58/EC; Official Journal L 221 , 08/08/1998 P. 0023 - 0027  

This Directive applies to animals (including fish, reptiles and amphibians) reared or kept for the production of food, wool, skin or fur or for other farming purposes. It does not apply to wild animals, animals intended for use in sporting or cultural events (shows), experimental or laboratory animals or invertebrate animals. The Member States must adopt provisions to ensure that the owners or keepers of animals look after the welfare of their animals and see that they are not caused any unnecessary pain, suffering or injury.

 
EU - Farming - Egg regulation, Number 557   (EC) Number 557/2007   In May 2007, the Commission passed an egg regulation, Number 557, building upon the prior one (Number 1028) and delineating detailed marketing standards for eggs.  The Regulation sets out rules, applicable to virtually all hen eggs sold in the EU,  for the quality and weight grading, packaging, marking, storage, transport and presentation for retail sale of eggs, to ensure that they are marketed on an evenhanded, competitive basis. Though the regulation’s focus is primarily on egg marketing rather than animal welfare, it includes certain provisions that bear upon animal welfare. For instance, the regulation sets out detailed requirements for hen living conditions that must be met before eggs can qualify as “free range,” including open-air runs of low hen density.
 
EU - Farming - Information Collection during Farm Inspections   (2006/778/EC)  

A decision concerning minimum requirements for the collection of information during inspections of calf, pig, and hen farms.  Passed in recognition of the fact that collection of data on animal welfare inspections is essential for the European Community to evaluate the impact of its policy in this field, the directive standardized farm inspection reporting procedures, and required annual reports from each member state outlining (a) the most serious instances of non-compliance with EU law, and (b) what was being done to diminish such non-compliance.

 
EU - Farming Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing   Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009  

This Regulation aims at enhancing protection of animals at the time of slaughter or killing by establishing standard operating procedures, training of personnel, the use of new equipment, etc. Moreover, the objective pursued by this Regulation is to provide a level playing field within the internal market for all operators.

 
EU - Fur - Regulation (EC) No 1523/2007 (dog and cat fur ban)   Regulation (EC) No 1523/2007  
The European Union (EU) bans trade in cat and dog fur, including imports and exports. It also introduces accompanying measures to ensure the effectiveness of this ban.
 
EU - Research - Council Directive 86/609/EEC regarding the protection of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes   Council Directive 86/609/EEC  

The European Union has established a framework to protect animals used for experimental or scientific purposes by ensuring that they are adequately cared for and that no unnecessary pain or suffering is inflicted.

 
EU - Seals - Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 on trade in seal products.   Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009  

This regulation bans the trade of seal products on the Union market, harmonising national legislation in this area.

 
EU - Transport - 2004/544/EC: Council Decision on the signing of the European Convention for the protection of animals during international transport   2004/544/EC   This Council Decision directs the signing the of the European Convention for the protection of animals during international transport.  
EU - Transport - Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport   Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005  

The text sets out to regulate transport of live vertebrate animals within the European Union (EU) where such transport is carried out as part of an economic activity. The aim is to prevent injury or undue suffering to animals and to ensure that they have appropriate conditions that meet their needs.

 
EU - Transport - Council Regulation (EC) No 1255/97 of 25 June 1997 concerning Community criteria for staging points   Council Regulation (EC) No 1255/97  

The European Union lays down common criteria applicable to control posts (or "staging points") at which animals must be unloaded during long journeys. These rules are designed to ensure the health and welfare of the animals during such stops.

 
EU - Zoos - Council Directive relating to the keeping of wild animals in zoos   COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 1999/22/EC  

The European Union has adopted common minimum standards for housing and caring for animals in zoos with a view to reinforcing the role of zoos in conserving biodiversity.

 

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