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June 30, 2011

HSI Applauds Animal Protection Provisions in EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement

Humane Society International/Europe

BRUSSELS, Belgium—Humane Society International/Europe applauds the inclusion of animal protection provisions in the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement. An overwhelming majority of MEPs voted in favour of the agreement (465), which will enter into force on 1 July 2011.

Although prior trade agreements have also included animal protection provisions, such as the EU-Chile Association Agreement, HSI is pleased to see that the most recently negotiated FTA between the EU and South Korea continues to reflect these important objectives. 

“We are pleased that animal welfare and animal protection are priority issues in EU international trade policy and agreements,” says Joanna Swabe, Ph.D, EU director of HSI. “Humane Society International believes the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement will help pave the way for even stronger animal welfare and animal protection provisions in future trade agreements, and we stand ready to work with the European Commission and European Parliament to achieve that goal.”

The Sanitary and Phytosanitary chapter of the EU-South Korea FTA calls for enhanced cooperation between the Parties on animal welfare issues, including through the exchange of information and efforts to develop animal welfare standards in international fora pertaining to the stunning and slaughter of animals.

The Trade and Sustainable Development chapter also calls on both Parties to effectively implement multilateral environmental agreements to which they are a party in their domestic laws and practices. This would include, for example, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Facts:

  • According to the European Commission, South Korea is the EU's eighth largest trade partner and the EU has become South Korea's second largest export destination.
  • The EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement was signed in Brussels at the EU-South Korea Summit on 6 October 2010.
  • While the agreement enters into force on 1 July 2011, each EU Member State will have to ratify the agreement according to its own laws and procedures. This is not expected to impact the provisional application of the agreement.
  • Read the full text of the agreement.

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