0.454 text original Convention European on the protection of animals on farms concluded in Strasbourg on 10 March 1976 approved by the Federal Assembly on November 26, 1979 Instrument of ratification deposited by Switzerland on 24 September 1980 entry into force for the Switzerland March 25, 1981 (State on August 21, 2008) the Member States of the Council of Europe , signatories to the present Convention, whereas it is desirable to adopt common provisions to protect animals in farms, especially in modern intensive farming systems, have agreed to the following: title I principles General art. 1. this Convention applies to food, care and housing of animals, especially in modern systems of intensive breeding. Within the meaning of this Convention, means 'animals' who are bred or kept for the production of food, wool, skin, fur or for other farming purposes and by 'modern intensive livestock systems' those who use mostly technical facilities used primarily by using automatic devices.
Art. 2. each Contracting Party gives effect to the principles of protection of animals set out in this Convention to the art. 3 to 7.
Art. 3. any animal should be given accommodation, food and care which - in view of its kind, its degree of development, adaptation and domestication - are appropriate to its physiological and Ethological needs in accordance with experience and scientific knowledge.
Art. 4-1. The freedom of own to animal movement, given its species and in accordance with experience and scientific knowledge, must not be impeded so as to cause him suffering or unnecessary damage.
2. where an animal is continuously or usually tied, chained or kept, it must be left him a space appropriate to its physiological and Ethological needs in accordance with experience and scientific knowledge.
Art. 5. the lighting, temperature, humidity, air circulation, aeration of the animal housing and other ambient conditions such as gas concentration or noise intensity, need - in view of its kind, its degree of development, adaptation and domestication - being appropriate to its physiological and Ethological needs in accordance with experience and scientific knowledge.
Art. 6. no animal must be supplied so that the result is suffering or unnecessary damage and her diet should not contain substances that can cause him suffering or unnecessary damage.
Art. 7-1. The condition and State of health of the animal must be the subject of a thorough inspection at intervals sufficient to avoid unnecessary suffering, or at least once a day in the case of animals kept in modern intensive breeding systems.
2. technical facilities in modern intensive farming systems must be investigated, at least once a day, in-depth and all inspection defect must be eliminated in the shortest. When a defect cannot be eliminated immediately, all temporary measures necessary to preserve the well-being of the animals must be taken immediately.
Title II detailed provisions for implementing art. 8-1. It consists, in the year following the date of entry into force of this Convention, a Standing Committee.
2 each Contracting Party has the right to appoint a representative to the Standing Committee. Any Member State of the Council of Europe which is not a Contracting Party to the Convention has the right to be represented on the Committee by an observer.
3. the Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall convene the Standing Committee whenever it deems necessary and, in any case, if the majority of the representatives of the Contracting Parties or the representative of the European economic community, itself contracting party, to make the request.
4. a majority of the representatives of the Contracting Parties constitutes the quorum for a meeting of the Standing Committee.
5. the Standing Committee takes its decisions by a majority of the votes cast; However, unanimity of the votes cast is required for: has) the adoption of the recommendations referred to the by. 1 of art. 9; b) the decision to admit observers other than those in the by. article 2; c) adoption of the report referred to in art. 13, report which, if any, referred to the dissenting views.
6. subject to the provisions of this Convention, the Standing Committee establish its rules of procedure.
Art. 9-1. The Standing Committee is responsible for developing and to adopt recommendations to the Contracting Parties containing detailed provisions for the application of the principles set out in title 1 of this agreement; These provisions must be based on scientific knowledge concerning the different species.
2. for the purposes of the performance of its tasks as referred to the by. 1 of this article, the Standing Committee is following developments of scientific research and new methods in breeding.
3. unless a longer period is fixed by the Standing Committee, any recommendation is effective as such six months after the date of its adoption by the Committee. From the date on which a recommendation takes effect, any Contracting Party must either implement it or inform the Standing Committee by notification addressed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe of the reasons why she has decided that she is not, or is no longer able to implement.
4. If two or more Contracting Parties or the European economic community, itself a party, notified in accordance with the by. 3 of this article, their decision not to put or not to implement a recommendation, this recommendation ceases to have effect.
Art. 10. the Standing Committee makes it easy as much as need the friendly settlement of any difficulty which may arise between Contracting Parties on the application of this Convention.
Art. 11. the Standing Committee may, at the request of a Contracting Party, an advisory opinion on any question relating to the protection of animals.
Art. 12. with a view to assist the Standing Committee in its work, any Contracting Party may designate one or more bodies to which this Committee can request information and advice. The Contracting Parties shall communicate to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the name and address of such bodies.
Art. 13. the Standing Committee shall submit to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, at the end of the third year after the entry into force of the Convention and at the end of each ensuing period of three years, a report on its work and on the functioning of the Convention, including if it deems it necessary proposals to amend the Convention.
Title III provisions final art. 14-1. This Convention is open for signature by the Member States of the Council of Europe as well as the European economic community. It will be ratified, accepted or approved. The instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval shall be deposited with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
2. the present Convention comes into force six months after the date of the deposit of the fourth instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval of a Member State of the Council of Europe.
3. it will enter into force with respect to any party that will ratify, accept it or approve it after the date referred to the by. 2 of the present article, six months after the date of the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval.
Art. 15-1. After the entry into force of the Convention, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe may invite, in the manner he deems appropriate, any State not a member of the Council to accede to this Convention.
2. membership will be made by filing, near the Secretary General of the Council of Europe an instrument of accession which will take effect six months after the date of its filing.
Art. 16-1. Any Contracting Party may, at the time of signature or at the time of the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, designate any territories to which apply the is Convention.
2 any Contracting Party may, at the time of the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, or at any time thereafter, extend the application of this Convention, by declaration addressed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, to any other jurisdiction designated in the declaration and which she is international relations or for which it is authorized to stipulate.
3. any declaration made under the preceding paragraph may be withdrawn, with respect to any territory referred to in this declaration, in accordance with art. 17 of this Convention.
Art. 17-1. Any Contracting Party may, in which her concerned, denounce this agreement by notice to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
2. the denunciation shall take effect six months after the date of receipt of the notification by the Secretary General.
Art. 18 scope on August 21, 2008, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify the Member States of the Council and any Contracting Party not a member of the Board: a) any signature; b) the deposit of any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession; c) any date of entry into force of this Convention in accordance with its art. 14 and 15; d) any recommendation referred to the by. 1 of art. 9 and the date on which it takes effect; e) any notification received in application of the provisions of the by. 3 of art. 9; f) any communication received in accordance with the provisions of art. 12; g) any declaration received pursuant to the provisions of by. 2 and 3 of art. 16; h) any notification received in application of the provisions of art. 17 and the date on which the denunciation will take effect.
In faith of what, the undersigned, duly authorized to that effect, have signed this Convention.
Done at Strasbourg, 10 March 1976, in french and English, both texts being equally authentic, in a single copy which shall be deposited in the archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe will be communicated in accordance with each of the signatory Parties and Member certified copy.
Scope of application on August 21, 2008 States parties Ratification, accession (A) Declaration of estate (S) entry into force Germany March 9, 1978 September 10, 1978 Austria 22 December 1992 23 June 1993 Belgium September 13, 1979 March 14, 1980 Bosnia and Herzegovina 29 December 1994 has 30 June 1995 Bulgaria July 20, 2004 21 January 2005 Cyprus 15 April 1977 September 10, 1978 European Community (EC/EU/EEC) October 18, 1988 19 April 1989 Croatia 14 September 1994 has 15 March 1995 Denmark 28 January 1980 29 July 1980 Spain may 5, 1988 November 6, 1988 Finland December 2, 1991 3 June 1992 France January 10, 1978 September 10, 1978 Greece November 12, 1984 13 May 1985 Hungary March 30, 2004 October 1, 2004 Ireland April 7, 1986 October 8, 1986 Iceland September 19, 1989 20 March 1990 Italy 7 February 1986 8 August 1986 Latvia 5 June 2007 6 December 2007 Lithuania 2 March 2004 3 September 2004 Luxembourg
19 January 1979 20 July 1979 Macedonia 30 March 1994 A October 1, 1994 Malta 26 March 1991 27 September 1991 Montenegro June 6, 2006 of June 6, 2006 Norway February 25, 1980 August 26, 1980 Netherlands 21 April 1981 October 22, 1981 Poland February 20, 2008 August 21, 2008 Portugal April 20, 1982 21 October 1982 Czech Republic September 23, 1998 24 March 1999 United Kingdom January 8, 1979 July 9, 1979 Guernsey January 8, 1979 July 9, 1979 island man 13 December 2001 13 December 2001 Serbia 28 February 2001 29 August 2001 Slovenia 20 October 1992 has 21 April 1993 Sweden 7 December 1977 September 10, 1978 Switzerland September 24, 1980 March 25, 1981 * reservations and declarations.
Reservations and declarations are not published to the RO. Texts in french and English will be available at the address of the Council of Europe website: http://conventions.coe.int/treaty/FR/cadreprincipal.htm or obtained in the Direction of public international law (FDFA), the international treaties Section, 3003 Bern.
1981 218 RO; FF 1979 II Art. 113 1 al. let 1. b of the AF from 26 nov. 1979 (RO 1981 217) a version of the update scope is published on the web site of the FDFA (http://www.dfae.admin.ch/traites).
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