|Samedi, 17 Avril 2010 12:18|
GALGOS ETHICS EUROPE PETITION
"Humanity is not a state to suffer, it is a dignity to conquer." Vercors
The plight of Galgos does not make us forget other animals. It is the contrary. We have just sent a citizen's petition on the European Union web site for the attention of the European Parliament Petition Commission
THE RIGHT OF ALL EUROPEAN CITIZENS TO HAVE THE EUROPEAN LAW FOR ANIMAL PROTECTION APPLIED, RESPECTED AND ENFORCED AT THE EUROPEAN LEVEL AND IN ALL MEMBER STATES.
PETITION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT launched on the website of the European Union for the attention of the Petition Commission of the European Parliament. April 13th,2010, at 9 h. 30.
In the same time, this petition was launched on LAPETITION.BE
This petition is asking for the respect of the rights of European Citizens sensitive to the plight of animals :
3 STEPS FOR THIS PETITION
1. Sent throught Internet to the European Parliament Petition Commission on April the 13th, 2010.https://www.secure.europarl.europa.eu/parliament/public/petition/secured/sendRequest.do;jsessionid=71BF1F5F8E5874530217C59EA5D96D2B.node1
It was signed by about 60 organizations. It now has to be validated by the Petition Commission. If it is, then it will be submitted to Euro Deputees.
This petition is based on the following principle : Any european citizen has the right to see the european low for animal protection applied, respected and inforced in all European Union. This must become one of our fundamental rights. To reach this goal, we need you. This is also why we have launched at the same time a public petition every citizen can sign. Let's ACT TOGETHER !
2. Petition launched on http://6683.lapetition.be Do not forge to sign it and largely diffuse it.
The list of organizations having signed it will be sent at the beginning of each month and added to the original list and sent to the Petition Commission.
We hope that numerous citizens will sign this petition if they feel traumatized or chocked by the kind of tortures many animals live.
3. In a third time, this petition will be sent to all Mempers of Euro Parliament with a letter asking for the creation of a written declaration.
You can also take an active part in this petition by sending it to your Euro Deputee. You will find MEP's addresses by country on :
The following pages present a summary and the integral text as deposited on the web site of the European Union to the attention of the Euro Parliament Petition Commission.
1. PETITION SUMMARY
PETITION LAUNCHED ON LAPETITION.BE http://6683.lapetition.be
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." (George Orwell)
We can not by our silence be complicit in violence against helpless beings, ignore the non implementation of laws protecting them and at the same time pretend to serenely embody a mature sense of Humanity.
On behalf of the alliance formed by federations and associations having signed the GALGOS ETHICS EUROPE CHARTER and PETITION, involving dozens of European organizations bringing together people of various nationalities, we call for the implementation of the right of EU citizens to see the European Laws updated, strengthened and strongly enforced.
By Gérard CHAROLLOIS, President of ECOLOGIE RADICALE
3. CITIZENS' EUROPE REMAINS TENTATIVE
The MEP Alain Lamassoure, in a report dated June 27, 2008, said that A Citizens' Europe is "stuttering" compared to progress made particularly in terms of economic integration. He said the delay in A Citizens' Europe stems from three problems:
"In France, the Prime Minister said, a year ago, in the Cabinet that 20% of laws passed in 2007 had not been applied. One law in five was not followed up because the government and the administration did not see fit to develop the legislation. In Europe, we follow very closely in the European Commission and European Parliament the rate of enactment into national law of directives adopted in Brussels and Strasbourg. When one looks closely, one realizes that the quality of enactment is mediocre : for every twenty European laws, the implementation delay exceeds two years. All European countries are in breach in this area. On average, 49 sanctions are underway in each country. I have proposed that the Parliament sets up a special committee to monitor the implementation of European law in member states. This commission will have to go and investigate in the 27 countries, to see how the same law, the same EU directive is implemented. "
4. A EUROPEAN COMMISSION OF INQUIRY TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE SUFFERED BY
EUROPEAN CITIZENS SENSITIVE TO THE PLIGHT OF ANIMALS
We urge the European Parliament to create a EUROPEAN COMMISSION OF INQUIRY into :
5. THE SITUATION OF ANIMALS IN EUROPE
The numerous and increasing abuse of animals in general seriously undermines the expression of our humanity and our quality of life, generating stress, discomfort and disease.
The acts of cruelty are a model of violence witnessed by our children. Since these laws designed to manage animal abuse are too often not enforced, the right of Europeans to see them respected is violated.
All major non governmental organizations point out that acts of violence against animals are increasing in the level of cruelty and in frequency.
http://www.reseaulibre.net/rage/rituel.html video slaughter without anesthesia
Article published in "Sine Hebdo" No. 75, Wednesday, 10/02/2010:
"40 billion euros, this is the amount brought in annually by animal trafficking, both wild and domestic, worldwide. This makes it the third largest illegal market after weapons and drugs. From Rottweilers to kittens, from canaries to minks, from tarantulas to poodles, everything can be bought and sold to make children happy, to make coats or to organize clandestine fights. Up against the traffickers, animal protection groups often feel quite alone : lack of involvement by the courts, pet shops complacently flirting with illegality, laws passed but never implemented. "
Investigation by Julie Bolzer
The suffering of tortured animals is such a source of anxiety for certain humans that it pushes them to extreme actions (animal liberation brigades).
The saddest example of lack of respect of the law is the most degrading activity of Humanity : bestiality, carried with widespread indifference on the Internet. See Google Search “bestiality videos”.
6. EASTERN EUROPE ANIMALS,
Testimony received by Mira IORDANESCU, April 5th 2010.
«Dear friends, you know well the unimaginable cruelty suffered daily by animals in Eastern Europe. There is no mention of the animals in Greece who are poisoned every day or of the horrific crimes suffered by thousands of Roumanian animals. So please take a look at the videos in these links and tell me if you will be able to sleep at night... ...In Roumania it's worse than HELL... We are on Facebook as ALIANATA ROMANA PENTRU PROTECTIA SI DREPTURILE ANIMALELOR...
My own group is called ALIANTA ROMANA PENTRU PROTECTIA SI DREPTURILE ANIMALELOR. I am giving you the link to a German newspaper which published an article on the horrors carried out in Bulgaria...
In Roumania even priests kill dogs. We have strong proof of this. It's worse than anywhere else.»
Message envoyé depuis http://www.lapetition.be/
7. GALGOS, SYMBOL OF ANIMAL ABUSE IN EUROPE
The weight of tradition and the habit of torture
Galgos have become for many Europeans the symbol of animal torture with complete impunity and of serious breaches by a country of animal protection laws.
According to most spanish galgo protection associations, between 50,000 and 60,000 galgos live and die without any control, are killed and tortured horrifically each year. The system of Spanish Autonomous Communities perpetuates impunity.
Moreover, the number of executed galgos is increasing from year to year as the nature of the torture they suffer is worsening.
Thousands of Europeans visit galgo protection blogs where they express their disgust at and incomprehension of this situation which reaches a higher level of cruelty every year at the end of the hunting season (? demander à LN le mois précis) These people suffer real psychological trauma.
To get a precise idea of daily life in Spain for Galgos, visit Galgos Ethics Europe's founder and treasurer Marie-Hélène VERDIER's blog :
Associations and the media speak of TRAFFICKING and a MAFIA.
The Spanish NGOS proclaim loudly that the system of autonomous communities promotes silence and complicity. A recent article described the underground world of hunting in Spain and its involvment at high political and economic levels :
VERIFIER L URL http://www.expansion.com/2009/04/21/empresas/1240350215.html
Regularly, petitions are launched to request the status of domestic animals for spanish greyhounds (galgos and podencos).
The most recently launched (Barbara LELIEVRE (Le Bulletin des Lévriers, France) collected 20,142 signatures from Europeans horrified by this suffering repeated year after year : http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/il-faut-sauver-les-galgos
Like the others, this petition will not have any effect, except in the hearts of Europeans shocked and traumatized by such atrocities.
8. THE INTERNET EXPLOSION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST ANIMALS
The Internet, a forum for the expression of moral and psychological harm suffered by people sensitive to the plight of living beings is also an aggravating factor inciting violence by the proliferation of sites and videos that glorify animal cruelty.
The most degrading activity of Humanity is available to children :
One just has to type in the search bar "bestiality videos" to see how ethics and respect are violated and how abuse of animals is degrading for Humanity.
The French Prime Minister has just received a report on the Internet's role in inciting racial hatred. This report calls for stronger laws to punish offenders on the Internet and to increase the accountability of hosts.
We ask for a survey on the role played by the Internet in the increase of violence against animals, the adaptation of european animal protection laws to cover the Internet and to increase accountability of hosts.
Even within the European Texts on animal welfare, the positive and educational role of the internet should be strengthened through information campaigns focusing on the need for ethics and compliance.
Just as police squads hunt down sites, blogs and forums that promote pedophilia, internet places where animals are tortured and raped must be hunted down and eradicated for the sake of the European citizens.
9. PROTECTION OF CITIZENS AND CHILDREN, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MORAL DAMAGE
Given the prevailing impunity, children and adolescents are becoming more and more often the perpetrators of this violence.
An FBI report showed that the most dangerous criminals practised as children on defenseless animals:
FRANCE, CHILDREN AND BULLFIGHTING
This danger for children makes the situation even more unacceptable.
Even worse, sometimes adults themselves encourage them to become the perpetrators of such violence with the complicity of the authorities.
In bull fighting schools, children are trained to torture and kill calves and young bulls with knives.
(report on the initiative of the FLAC)
"The message delivered by bullfighting, beyond supporting speeches by followers, is that of an authorization to act on their sadistic impulses. It goes against the civilizing process, such as for example the analysis in Freud's "Civilization and Its Discontentment."
Jean Paul Richier, Doctor of Psychiatry, author of the motion to ban children under 16 years from bullfights.
Presentation of the motion against the admission into arenas of those under 16 years of age, rejected at the Animals and Society conference organized in 2008 by Mr. Michel Barnier, Minister for Agriculture.
Reproduction of the motion, courtesy of Dr. RICHIER
PERMISSIVENESS OF ANIMAL ABUSE AND CHILD PROTECTION
The permissiveness of animal abuse and the non-respect of animal protection laws are aggravating factors in violence among children and adolescents.
We recall here that France had in 2008 refused to ban the entry of those under 16 to bullfights while Spain has finally taken the plunge. And this concerns also children from all over Europe.
Spanish Catalonia has since 1999 forbidden access to bullfights to those under 14 years of age.
ANIMAL AND SOCIETY conference organized by M. Michel Barnier in 2008.
Proposed actions by Robert Clavijo, President of COLBAC, NGO member of FLAC.
Children under 16 from all european countries continue to attend the bloody "show" of bullfighting despite the fact that numerous reports of violent trauma have been collected and presented in Dr. Jean Paul Richier 's motion.
10. ANIMALS AS SENTIENT BEINGS
UPDATING, STRENGTHENING, APPLICATION OF LAWS
To show respect to EU citizens and their right to see European laws respected, we demand through this petition the updating, strengthening and enforcement of animal protection laws in all member countries of the Community.
EUROPE AND THE TRAFFICKING OF SHAME
The trafficking of pets concerns all of Europe.
Even though the dog is man's faithful companion, it is the most exploited although protected by law.
Many Europeans are horrified by what they find on animal protection sites and blogs realizing that contrary to what they thought the animals are not only not protected but are abused and tortured all too often with complete impunity
11. REDEFINING THE CONCEPT OF ETHICS
THE CONCEPTS OF TRADITION, CULTURAL EXCEPTION, NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY
We ask this commission of inquiry to evaluate the concepts of "tradition", "cultural exception" and "national sovereignty" and how they cover and permit the violation of the principle of animals as "sentient beings" and the ignorance of the harm suffered by citizens.
“... The true goodness of man can only occur in all its purity and freedom towards those who pose no opposition. The real moral test of humanity (the most radical which is at such a profound level that it escapes our attention), is its relationship with those at its mercy: animals . And it is here that man's most fundamental failure takes place, so fundamental all others arise from it ...." Kundera
To show respect to EU citizens sensitive to the suffering of animals and for child protection, we ask for a new definition of the concept of ethics, its universality and its primacy over any cultural or national ideas as well as the role of ethics in the positive development of individual and collective consciousness.
12. CREATING AUTONOMOUS STRUCTURES SPECIFIC TO THE LIVING CONDITIONS AND PROTECTION OF ANIMALS
The fact that there is no " living conditions and animal welfare" category, no specific or autonomous structure at European level or at the national level, maintains in the human consciousness the image of animals to be exploited at will.
Because of this lack in autonomous structures, the concept of animals as "sentient beings" seems to be diverted from its primary aim : respect.
The outcome of this fact is the escalation of torture on animals and non-compliance with laws, revolted citizens, feeling violated and affected in their humanity.
Even at the level of European structures, issues of animal living conditions are considered either in terms of agriculture and consumption (conditions of transport, slaughter, etc..) Or in terms of human health (risk of zoonosis, etc..) or the environment (endangered species, biodiversity, etc.).
For example: In 2008, during the Animal and Society conference, France rejected the motion of Psychiatrist Dr.Jean-Paul Richier and his group of health experts on the protection of children from scenes of animal torture and their request to prohibit the entry of those under 16 years to bullfights.
Was this rejection the responsibility of the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Michel BARNIER ?
"It is not enough to change laws if political practices are not changed." Khaled Bourayou, lawyer.
It is not enough to change political practices if politicians do not put any effort into the education and changing of attitudes.
We ask this Committee of Inquiry to investigate the merits of the creation of a EUROPEAN OBSERVATORY and MINISTRIES FOR ANIMALS AND THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF ANIMALS in all member States to which will be attached the legislation concerning animals as “sentient beings”.
This would include the need to give wild and domestic animals a status in their own right, separate from both the Agriculture or Health sectors, both at the level of the structures of the European Commission and the structures of member countries.
We hope that partner countries financed by Europe, for example in the context of international cooperation programs (INCOs), are invited to explore this possibility because the evidence of animal torture coming to us from these countries from North Africa to Asia and through the Middle East, is an unbearable atrocity for any human spirit.
Turkey - home to Beikoz
Egypt – slaughterhouses Bassatine
Egypt - slaughterhouses Bassatine
China - dogs and cats
Video so unbearable that YouTube requires prior registration.
European citizens suffer, when traveling as tourists, major trauma when faced with the fate of animals in these countries. There are numerous testimonies on the internet.
Europe must protect its citizens and ask that in these countries animal welfare laws are respected.
We, the federations and associations who have signed the Galgos Ethics Europe charter, ask that a committee specialised in monitoring the implementation of European animal protection laws be put in place to determine how their non-compliance seriously undermines the well-being of European citizens sensitive to the conditions in which animals live and die, not only in the member states, but also in partner countries receiving EU funds.
We demand the creation of a European observatory for animals and animal welfare as well as in all the countries concerned the creation of a ministry for animals and animal welfare to ensure the establishment and enforcement of the European Laws for Animal Welfare so that the right of Europeans to see these laws updated, strengthened and enforced be respected.
14. NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING THE PETITION
Person in charge of this petition
Joëlle PELLEGRIN OLDENBOURG
GALGOS ETHICS EUROPE President
In the name of :
President FLAC FRANCE
Honorary President of GALGOS ETHICS EUROPE
Président d'Honneur de GALGOS ETHIQUE EUROPE
Honorary President of GALGOS ETHICS EUROPE
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS SIGNATORIES OF THE GALGOS ETHICS EUROPE CHARTER AND THE PRESENT PETITION
GALGOS ETHIQUE EUROPE ASSOCIATION
GALGOS ETHICS EUROPE
http://galgos-ethique-europe.over-blog.org/pages/LISTE_DES_ASSOCIATIONS_ET_REFUGES_SIGNATAIRES_DE_LA_CHART E_GEE-1502885.htmlhttp://galgos-ethique-europe.over-blog.org/pages/LISTE_DES_ASSOCIATIONS_ET_REFUGES_SIGNATAIRES_DE_LA_CHART E_GEE-1502885.html
FRANCE FLAC Federation and Member Organizations
CONVENTION VIE NATURE – ECOLOGIE RADICALE NATURE
CENTRO CANINO INTERNACIONAL PALMA DE MALLORCA
PROTECTORA DE ANIMALES Antonio MARTOS
SPA SUD DE LA REUNION
ORGANISATIONS MEMBRES DE LA FLAC FRANCE
FEDERACION DE PROTECTORAS DE ANIMALES DE EXTREMADURA
Associations membres de la FEPEAX
Liste des Associations Membres de la Fédération FEPAEX
Other non governmental organizations having signed Eastern Europe