Pet animals from the regions affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria
Many European Union (EU) citizens left the Caribbean Islands due to hurricanes Irma and Maria and are on their way to the EU. A number of them may transport their pets, however not in accordance with the applicable Community legislation.
Considering that this is a situation of a natural disaster, these pet animals are allowed to enter, subject to certain specific conditions.
The recently detected case of avian influenza in a dead wild bird (Heron) found in the Algarve region does not change the country's health status for avian influenza. Portugal maintains the officially free status for this disease. We inform consumers that they are not affected with avian influenza by the consumption of poultry meat or eggs.
Animal welfare - the Commission adopts the creation of a Platform
Today, the Commission adopted the creation of an expert group on animal welfare to be called the Platform on Animal Welfare. The Platform on Animal Welfare will bring together all relevant actors in relation to animal welfare: business and professional organisations, organisations from civil society, independent experts from academic and research institutes, EU and European Economic Area Member States, the European Food Safety Authorities and relevant international intergovernmental organisations like the World Organisation for Animal Health.