Entente Européenne d’Aviculture et de Cuniculture EE

European Association of Poultry, Pigeon, Cage Bird, Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Founded in 1938

De Europese Entente (EE) is een kleindierenorganisatie waarbij dertig Europese landen zijn aangesloten. De EE heeft een algemeen bestuur en afdelingen per diergroep. Deze diergroepen zijn: konijnen/hoenders/dwerghoenders/watervogels/cavia’s/vogels/dierenwelzijn. De EE bestaat om meerdere redenen. Het is een podium waar de stand van de rassen internationaal vergeleken kan worden. Men stemt er de erkenningen en de nationale standaards af. Verder is men bezig om in de toekomst te komen tot een Europese standaard voor hoenders en dwerghoenders. Keurmeester Klaas van der Hoek is secretaris van de afdeling hoenders.

Domicile in Luxembourg, 31 Nations comprising 2,5 million members

Austria / Belgium / Bosnia-Herzegovina / Bulgaria / Croatia / Czech Republic / Denmark / England / Finland / France / Germany / Grece / Hungary / Irland / Italy / Latvia / Lithuania / Luxembourg / Macedonie / Netherlands / Norway / Poland / Portugal / Rumania / Russia / Serbia / Slovakia / Slovenia / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / European association of carrier pigeons

Objectives

As a charitable and non party political and non denominational organisation, it is the objective of the EE to unite all small livestock organisations in Europe. The object of our organisation is also, apart from enhancing the contact amongst na – tions, to process the technical and breeding problems of all indigenous breeds. A further object includes taking charge of shows and judging panels. Organising shows and seminars as well as dealing with all technical issues unites all European small livestock fanciers, which is a high priority within our organisation.

Integration of rural cultures and traditions

The many small livestock shows in all parts of Europe create an excellent opportunity for urban citizens to gain an insight into rural cultures. Most shows incorporate the old regional poultry, pigeon and rabbit breeds. In times where city dwellers are progressively losing contact with the countryside and its cultures, these shows are of major importance to us.

Preservation of the biodiversity of small livestock and the centuries’ old poultry, pigeon, rabbit and cavy breeds as cultural assets.

For centuries, European small livestock breeders have looked after an immense array of breeds and species, thus guaranteeing the preservation of these valuable cultural assets. Following the 1992 Environmental Conference in Rio de Janeiro, the preserva – tion of genetic resources of animals and plants has attained a very high status. Without the commitment of small livestock breeders throughout Europe, many traditional breeds would have been lost by now. Their shapes and multi- coloured pat – terns give man a huge source of pleasure. It is a well known fact that our breeds, especially the traditional poultry and pigeion breeds are present in many paintings of the old masters as well as in literature, either in books or chronicles. The standard committees of the individual sections make sure that the breed descriptions conform to the demands as laid down by the animal welfare bodies. Long before animal welfare organisations took up these issues, our affiliated associations had already appointed sub committees that were taking care of all animal health and welfare issues.

Supporting juvenile members

Most affiliated member states within the European Association place a high value on the support and encouragement of juvenile members. This does not only guarantee future generations for our hobby, but more importantly offer children meaningful leisure time activities in which they learn how to appreciate nature and to deal with animals. It teaches them respect for animals and the responsibility of looking after them. At the same time, it also teaches them biological correlations and scientific knowledge. These positive characteristics will remain with them throughout their lives. It goes without saying that the our juvenile members are very far removed from drugs’ cultures and criminal environments. It was decided at the 2002 Annual General Meeting in Malmö that juveniles (4 to 18 years of age) could participate at the 2006 European Show in Leipzig for the first time in a specially created Juvenile European Show. The incorporation of juvenile members in the European Association is one of our highest priorities.

Education – Cooperation with schools

More and more, members of our associations are invited into local schools. There they compile educational programmes in close cooperation with the teaching staff. Alternatively, visits to small livestock breeders’ premises are arranged for pupils. The Swiss National Small Livestock Association has put together two teaching programmes for primary schools. This gives teachers the opportunity to offer their pupils a perfectly constructed syllabus about rabbits and pigeons.

Animal Health and Welfare Committee

At the 2004 Annual General Meeting in France, a sub committee for animal health and welfare was set up on which five proven professionals serve. The president of this sub committee is currently Prof. Dr. Hans- Joachim Schille from Germany. The sub committee attends to all veterinary issues, animal welfare and breed specific husbandry. In order to bring these issues to the attention of a wide ranging populati- on, the president of the sub committee works closely together with the EU authorities. A close link has also been forged with the scientific fowl institute of the German Poultry and Pigeon Association in Sinsteden near Cologne. The EE has taken the responsibility of getting as many affiliated associations to support and sponsor this valuable scientific institution.

Uniting people from all levels of society

Our joint leisure activities involving small livestock brings people from all age groups and levels of society together. Whether it concerns juveniles or pensioners, entrepre – neurs, academics or employees –in our hobby all participants are equal. They are uni- ted by their joint enjoyment and love for animals and the friendly contact between small livestock breeders. Breeding small livestock very often becomes a hobby in which the whole family parti- cipates uniting parents and their children. Success can be jointly celebrated and set- backs are jointly endured. For pensioners our hobby forms a valuable purpose in life after their professional job. For full time workers our hobby constitutes a welcome escape from the stress of daily life. More and more countries from eastern Europe are affiliating to our association. So far Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria have entered the EE, and other countries have already applied for affiliation. The keeping and breeding of small livestock contributes on a large scale to the cur- rently very difficult daily life of these people. The EE is therefore able to help with the rebuilding of these countries and the re – unification of their populations.