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MEP Girling praises EU Citizens' Initiative as 8Hour campaign hits 1 million milestone

Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Julie Girling MEP with a horse (Photo: Julie Girling MEP website)Conservative MEP Julie Girling has welcomed the news that the one millionth signature from an EU citizen has been registered on the www.8hours.eu website - a campaign initiated by Danish MEP Dan Jørgensen calling for an end to long-distance journeys for horses and other animals sent for slaughter in the European Union.

Writing today on Public Service Europe, Mrs Girling, who likes to spend her spare time riding horses, writes that this is a “massive moment for the welfare of horses and other animals” and praised the EU Citizens' Initiative as contained in the Lisbon Treaty as “a valuable tool for the general public”.

Current EU legislation makes it possible for horses and other animals to be transported for several days, even though it is acknowledged by the European Commission that animal suffering increases with the duration of the journey.

A million supporters is a milestone for any campaign and the citizens' initiative is a valuable tool for the general public […] The Commission must listen to its people and act to stop the lengthy transport times of horses and other animals to slaughter. The rules need to be changed and now the commission must pull its finger out and get on with sorting out the problem.”

While I am supportive of the 8hours campaign, it is essential to maintain this tool as voice for the grassroots - rather than a tool of industry funded lobbyists or interest groups,” she said. “Citizens need their voices to be heard in the European Parliament, MEPs can only shout so loudly.

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