• European Companion Animal Welfare and Protection Conference

    September 29-30, 2016

    Vilnius, Lithuania



  • Topics

    ✦ Animal welfare in EU and EU Animal Health Law

    ✦ Worldwide trends in companion animal welfare

    ✦ Practice of setting up Centres for animal welfare in EU member states

    ✦ Development trends of companion animal welfare and veterinary science

    ✦ Exotic pets, their welfare and problems for the society caused by keeping them: best practices in Europe

    ✦ Trade in dogs and cats in the EU-problems, risks and solutions

  • Organizers

    The conference is organized by:

    European Commission


    DG Health and Food Safety aims to to make Europe a healthier, safer place, where citizens can be confident that their interests are protected.
    A zero-risk society may not be possible but we are doing as much as we can to reduce and manage risks for our citizens.

    Social movement People for Animals Lithuania


    People for Animals is a group of volunteers seeking to fundamentally change people's relationship with animals, to legitimize advanced animal protection in Lithuania as well as to create animal welfare traditions of promoting new quality of people's attitudes towards animals. Initiator of the movement – MEP Petras Auštrevičius.

  • Co-organizers & Sponsors

    There would be no event without our sponsors:

    Animal Rights Protection Organization Lithuania

    The mission of the NGO is to develop a country where the animals are recognized as having feelings, and country where laws to protect their rights exist.

    AAP – Animal Advocacy and Protection

    AAP is committed to creating a better future for primates and other exotic non-domesticated mammals, by providing long-term solutions to improve their welfare.

    Dogs Trust

    Dogs Trust mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

    Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

    Veterinary academy

    The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the only institution in Lithuania to award master’s degrees and qualifications in veterinary surgery. The Faculty has 75 years of deeply rooted traditions in teaching veterinary professionals.

    EU Dog & Cat Alliance

    Members of the EU Dog & Cat Alliance are organisations from across the EU which are working to protect dog and cat welfare. Together we are calling for EU action to build a better Europe for dogs and cats.

    Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania

    The Ministry forms the country's state policy of environmental protection, forestry, utilization of natural resources, etc., as well as coordinates its implementation.

    Royal Canin

    Royal Canin is a global leader in pet health nutrition. In an industry that continues to adapt to popular trends in cat and dog food, our mission will remain the same; to constantly bring, through Health Nutrition and shared knowledge, the most precise nutritional solution for cats' and dogs' health nutrition needs.

  • About

    Why do we organize this conference?

    The situation

    The number of animals kept at home, and the range of their species, is constantly on the rise in the EU. This causes problems for Member States: stray animals, fragile animal welfare and irresponsible ownership.

    Domesticated animals, such as cats and dogs, are the most widespread in the EU, but exotic wild animals are increasingly kept as house pets as well.

    Wild animals with unknown biological characteristics are a potential threat to humans as they can cause physical harm and spread contagious diseases.

    These problems are encouraging Member States to look for both national and EU-wide solutions.

    The EU Animal Health Law and the European Parliament’s resolution on a new EU Animal Welfare Strategy pave the way towards better animal welfare management in Europe. However, it is also important to discuss how EU policy applies to animal-related institutions and organizations in Member States, and debate the future outlook of pet animal welfare in the EU.

    Aims of the Conference

    Taking into consideration the issues mentioned above, we invite you to be a part of the European Companion Animal Welfare and Protection Conference, which is scheduled to take place in Vilnius, 29-30 September 2016.

    The conference aims to raise the standards of companion animal welfare and protection all over Europe by educating and provoking discussions about the development of companion animal welfare and its science. The current situation and EU-wide practical implications in companion animal welfare and protection, pet ownership, threats to public health and the environment, as well as the animals themselves, are to be discussed during the conference. EU companion animal welfare science development will be presented and encouraged as well.

    The audience will consist of the European Commission, representatives of institutions of Lithuania and other EU member states, veterinarians, animal welfare organizations, animal shelters, dog and cat breeders and breeders’ organizations, dog trainers, representatives of zoos, journalists and other interested parties.

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  • Venue

    The conference will take place in hotel BEST WESTERN Vilnius, located right in the centre of the capital city, Konstitucijos avenue 14.

  • Hotels

    Our partnering hotels

    Holiday Inn Vilnius


    Choose Holiday Inn Vilnius 4 star hotel for a convenient location adjacent to the city's commercial hub and atmospheric Old Town.


    Prices: single - EUR 99, double - EUR 111. These special rates are valid till 28th August.


    4 min. walk from the conference venue.

    Ecotel Vilnius


    Ecotel, being the biggest economy class hotel in Vilnius, is located in the city center close to the business district and within ten minutes walking distance from the historic old town.


    Prices: single - EUR 50; double - EUR 60. These special rates are valid till 28th August.


    8 min. walk from the conference venue.

    Best Western Vilnius

    The conference will take place in Best Western Vilnius Hotel.


    The hotel is located right in the centre of the capital city, Konstitucijos avenue, in a modern district of business, commerce and entertainment.


    Prices: single - EUR 79; double - EUR 89.


    To book a room email office@vilniushotel.eu and indicate the Conference code, which is: "Lietuvos gyvūnų teisių apsaugos organizacija”.

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