With 70 million EU households owning a pet, animals are obviously a part of our daily life. European Pet Night (Feb 29) helped remind people of the importance of pets to our families, our health and (sometimes) our life!
With 70 million households owning a pet in the European Union, animals are part of our daily life. European Pet Night (held on February 29, 2012) helped to remind people of the importance of pets to our families, our health and (sometimes) our life.
EU decision-makers, animal welfare NGOs, animal health industry representatives, veterinarians, pet owners, and even a few dogs, gathered in Brussels to pay tribute to the many ways in which animals assist us, and showcase the benefits of pets to both social and health-related aspects of peoples’ lives.
NOAH chief executive and IFAH-Europe vice-president Phil Sketchley said: “It has been scientifically proven that keeping animals makes you healthier. In an effort to highlight this positive role of animals in European society, the animal health industry has adopted the motto ‘Animals are good for us, be good to them. We care’.
“We care, because companion animals bring so much pleasure to life in the form of companionship and they can also assist us in our everyday life.
|European Pet Night 2012, Brussels, February 29|
“We care about keeping both pets and working animals healthy, and preventing and curing diseases in animals can help protect people’s health. Animal healthcare products such as vaccinations protect pets from a number of diseases, and they also protect people from zoonotic infections (infections transmissible from animals to people).
“We encourage responsible pet ownership, not only in terms of animal welfare but in particular, from the animal medicines industry’s perspective, regarding the appropriate use of medicines to both treat and prevent disease. We encourage the responsible use of medicines in animals,” he said.
Mr Sketchley also aired his belief that all vets should have access to all relevant medicines across the EU. However, this would require a “true single market for veterinary medicines“, whereby if a medicine is licensed in one country, it should be available in all other countries.
With this in mind, he called on the European Commission to publish a text for the revision of the veterinary medicines directives as soon as possible.
He said: “It is important that we commence this work as soon as possible to ensure that we can complete the work before the end of the current parliamentary term in June, 2014.”