European Parliament votes for increased animal protection
This October, at the initiative of the Party for Animals in the Netherlands and with the support of MEP Anja Hazekamp, the European Parliament voted in favor of the proposal to grant the highest possible international protection status to threatened species such as elephants, hippos, jaguars, lions and leopards the snow.
This would mean banning all commercial trade with these animals.
The proposal to draw up a European positive list of permitted pets has also been adopted, and the European Commission has already committed to exploring the possibilities.
The debate in the European Parliament is a preparation for the upcoming international summit on CITES, an international treaty on trade in wild animals and plants. In November, representatives from 184 countries will meet to negotiate a new version of the treaty in question.