Greece goes to court for animal welfare non-compliance
The European Commission had initially warned Greece in
1998 that they would be brought to court for persistent shortcomings in animal
welfare, but then withdrew its threat of court action after Greece promised to
The Greek authorities had been warned they could face legal action in July
2006 following a series of Food and Veterinary Office
(FVO) inspections between 2003 and
FVO inspectors, who reported findings to the Commission, found that Greece
failed to identify and control vehicles which transport animals as required by
EU law, and it did not provide adequate facilities for animals at Greek ferry
ports, and also criticised inadequate Greek controls on animal stunning methods.
The failings have been identified despite the presentation of an animal welfare
action plan by Greece in May 2005.
"There has been little or no progress in improving animal welfare in Greece
and the overall system of implementation and enforcement of EU animal welfare
legislation remains unsatisfactory," the Commission said in a statement.
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