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July News 2012.

Eurogroup Animal Welfare Conference  – Brussels 19 – 20 June 2012.

Eurogroup for Animals is the leading voice for animal welfare at European Union level providing a voice for the billions of animals kept in laboratories, farms and homes or living in the wild. The group is recognised by the European Parliament and Commission as the leading animal welfare organisation at EU level and represent animal welfare interests on many EU advisory committees and consultation bodies. 

An important animal welfare survey was undertaken by CVA and launched electronically last year, the results of which were astonishing in recording the people’s wishes for a proper animal control system to be implemented.  At the same time CVA also launched its monthly Newsletter and circulated to our mailing list, amongst them being Sonja van Tichelen, President of the Eurogroup organisation for animal welfare.  Sonja was impressed with the work of CVA and asked to come to Cyprus to meet us and also give a presentation of their organisations work.  The presentation was held on 25th April 2012 at the lecture hall of the Govt. Veterinary services in Nicosia and lasted the whole afternoon.

Following this meeting, Sonja expressed her wish to include CVA as a member of Eurogroup and invited us to attend their European Animal Welfare Conference 2012 in Brussels to introduce us to their member societies.  This impressive and influential group comprises some of the biggest and influential organisations and to be invited to become a member is an honour, especially a small group like CVA that is still in its infancy and a struggling organisation.

However, because of CVA’s impressive track record in the promotion of animal welfare, its cooperation and good relations with government bodies working towards new and improved legislation, regulations and standards for the protection of all animals, Sonja felt that CVA had the credentials to represent Eurogroup in Cyprus. 

Other guests of the President included representatives from UK Cats Protection, EuroPetNet, Animal Friends Croatia, The Brooke, Swedish Consumers Association, Dutch Permanent Representation, World Horse Welfare, FECAVA, former Director of Eurogroup, former Political Officer Eurogroup, and a former member of the Council of Europe.

The Conference was interesting and gave the opportunity to member societies to voice their dissatisfaction / put forward suggestions on EU handling of different aspects in animal welfare but also to inform the forum of their various research projects.  Guest speakers were also invited and presented their topics and one of particular interest was a documentary produced in the UK called ‘Pedigree Dogs Exposed.’   A scandalous exposure of the sick drive to produce show dogs at the expense of the health and welfare of the animal.  The documentary created an uproar in the UK  and raised serious concerns of the suffering of these so-called pedigree animals, which by the way, did not resemble in any way the original animal they started from!

Anyone wishing more information on the above documentary can contact Passionate Productions on:   or visit their website:

Member societies in this photo include CEO of WSPA standing on the right of photo.

Mary Anastasi and David Madden, former British Ambassador to Cyprus - his daughter is Cordelia Madden who is a journalist, lives in Greece and writes articles for the Cyprus Weekly.

Eurogroups President, Sonja Van Tichelen in the centre of photo, flanked by Mary on the left and me on right.