|Brussels 26 September: At its annual #PetPower event in Brussels, the Pet Alliance Europe announced the expansion of its collaboration. FVE (Federation of Veterinarians of Europe) and FECAVA (Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations), have joined forces with FEDIAF EuropeanPetFood and AnimalhealthEurope in their shared mission to champion pet welfare and highlight the positive impact of pets on the lives of all Europeans, otherwise known as #PetPower.
At Townhall Europe, Members of the European Parliament, Commission and Council, joined animal welfare organisations, assistance animal associations and pet industry stakeholders plus many four-legged friends, to celebrate #PetPower. In anticipation of World Animal Day, Pet Alliance Europe had the privilege of hosting guest speaker, Mitja Sedlbauer, Policy Officer from the European Commission’s DG SANTE. Mr Sedlbauer provided updates on the ongoing revisions in EU animal welfare legislation to an audience of over 100 attendees.
Mitja Sedlbauer, stated: “The Commission continues to develop harmonized rules on protection of animals, this time including cats and dogs in commercial breeding, transport and trade. This exercise undertakes a very fruitful cooperation with experts, competent authorities and the NGOs throughout the EU.”
Representatives from founding organisations, Rosa Carbonell, President of FEDIAF, and Roxane Feller, Secretary General of AnimalhealthEurope, expressed their delight at the inclusion of FVE and FECAVA. “Alongside our new partners FVE and FECAVA, it was an honour to welcome so many industry representatives and welfare organizations to our #PetPower event and shine a spotlight on pet welfare. We acknowledge that this is a multifaceted subject with a multitude of stakeholders involved. However, we are united in our goal of improving and harmonizing welfare standards for both pets and assistance animals. We also look forward to working as a larger collaboration to promote high welfare standards and amplify the #PetPower movement in Europe.”
Siegfried Moder, FVE President and Ann Criel, FECAVA Secretary, added: “Our veterinary organisations are delighted to be involved in the Pet Alliance. FVE and FECAVA, representing more than 300,000 veterinarians across 39 European countries, share a strong commitment to animal health and welfare, objectives that closely align with those of the Pet Alliance. We are confident that our collective voice will help communicate the vital role companion animals play in our society and the measures we can take to ensure their well-being.”
The European animal health and pet food industry associations, AnimalhealthEurope and FEDIAF EuropeanPetFood, first came together in 2020 as Pet Alliance Europe to bring #PetPower to the EU agenda. This term encompasses animal-assisted interventions, service animal offerings, and the broader human-animal bond. We promote the important role that pets play in society providing companionship and unique bonds with their owners. We are also advocates for pet welfare and work with like-minded organisations to share information on how to care for pets. For additional information, visit https://pet-power.eu/.
NOTES TO EDITORS
At the event, Pet Alliance Europe held a competition to pick cutest pet in the Brussels bubble. For more information on entries and winners please visit www.pet-power.eu.
The Pet Alliance Europe
Pet Alliance Europe is a collaborative initiative between FEDIAF, AnimalhealthEurope, FVE, and FECAVA. Its mission is to champion pet welfare and highlight the positive impact of pets on the lives of all Europeans. The alliance aims to improve and harmonize welfare standards for pets and assistance animals across Europe.
About The Alliance Partners
AnimalhealthEurope represents companies that research, develop and manufacture veterinary medicines in Europe. Representing innovators and generics alike, as well as large, medium-sized and small companies, AnimalhealthEurope’s membership covers 90% of the European market for veterinary products.
FEDIAF EuropeanPetFood represents the pet food industry in Europe. While we work sustainably every day to provide safe products that benefit pets, our work goes beyond pets, and goes beyond pet food. Our work is also about society. We believe that pets play an important role in society, providing companionship, protection and unique bonds with their owners. Pet ownership has the potential to enhance the lives of all Europeans.
FVE represents veterinary organisations from 38 European Countries (44 members and 2 observers). We also represent veterinarians working in different fields of the profession. FVE strives to enhance animal health, animal welfare, public health and the protection of the environment by promoting the veterinary profession.
FECAVA, the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations, represents more than 25,000 companion animal veterinarians in 39 European countries through its member associations. FECAVA strives to improve the veterinary care of pets through professional development. It also provides a voice for companion animal issues at European level and works closely with other European veterinary organisations and stakeholders.