Dr Erik Fülöp, Independent Member of Parliament and President of the Hungarian National Animal Welfare Service, announced at today’s press conference that, based on international models, he would put a special organisation into operation in Hungary. The politician will not run in the 2022 elections to focus all his efforts on improving the state of animal protection in the country.
In the last few decades, there has been an increase in public concern regarding issues of animal welfare and animal protection. However, the efficacy of the law in the regulation and promotion of animal welfare is still questionable. Non-governmental organisations have been continuously trying to raise public awareness of the importance of preventing and penalising animal cruelty. Establishing an animal protection police can be a significant step in developing Hungary’s animal protection service to such a higher level.
In the spring of 2021, the National Animal Welfare Service Association conducted research to get a comprehensive picture of the people’s opinions on these matters and the vast majority − 99.3% − of the population agreed that cooperation between animal welfare organisations has to be increased. They also supported the idea of putting an animal protection police into operation. People agreed that substantial educational work is required too, writes magyarallatvedelem.hu.
The National Animal Welfare Service is not a law enforcement agency, but a unit belonging to the collective term “animal protection police”, which will start operating as a pilot project in Budapest and Pest County. The long-term goal is to achieve further expansion and complete national coverage,
Dr Erik Fülöp explained. The National Animal Welfare Service will perform a variety of complex tasks in Budapest and Pest County, such as participating in animal rescue operations, providing accommodation and care for rescued animals, conducting neutering actions to help control the population of stray animals, monitoring the welfare of animals living in the area and launching educational campaigns for both children and adults, Telex added. The politician drew attention to the fact that the organisation is independent of party politics. He himself does not want to expand his organisation at the national level.
Source: magyarallatvedelem.hu, telex.hu