Legal advances in Slovenia English talk by Priscila Gulič, M.Sc. (Slovenia)
Laura Vicuña: Seminar room, first floor
Implementation of EU Directive 2010/63 into the slovenian legal system has opened the Animal Protection Act to changes and supplements that were already indispensable. Proposals for changes in animal legislation were dealt with very systematically.
Slovenia has almost no tradition of reform campaigns, so it was necessary to gain voice in the political space in a new way. In only 2 summer months, we managed to collect around 34,000 hand-written signatures of citizens in support of the amendments to the animal legislation. This was a great success, since Slovenia is very small and 50% of its population lives in rural areas. We used a well-developed library network to collect signatures.
In 2013 we achieved the slovenian banning on farming and hunting animals for their fur and their skin, on farming and hunting animals for their down and feathers, on use of wild animals in circuses and similar shows, on religious slaughter without stunning and introducing other improvements for animal welfare (ban on tail docking and ears cropping in dogs, ban on selling dogs with the exclusion of registered breeders, and ban on ceremonial slaughter of animals without stunning, ecc.).
In 2015 we were successful in the amendment to the Rule of ethical commission on animal experimentation.
Slovenia is one of the few EU Member States to have a representative from NGO's in the ethical commission.
We were unsuccessful in the amendment of the Penal Code, namely that the act of negligence should also be considered as a criminal act.
We are currently collecting signatures to ban euthanasia in slovenian shelters etc.