Somewhere hidden in a bunker below Europe’s version of Area 57 are those strange creatues known as the European Union Technocrats, who are busy writing books on regulations that constrain members states of the European Union on matters of great importance, such as what exactly can be called wine?

European Union rules governing the production of wine (“the product obtained exclusively from the total or partial alcoholic fermentation of fresh grapes, whether or not crushed, or of grape must“) are considerably longer than Community trade mark law: the main text, the Regulation on the common organisation of the market in wine (No 1493/1999),[2] runs to over 46,000 words.

Such arguments about what is wine and can you call Champaigne champaigne if it doesn’t come from Champaigne are extremely important to the nit pickers in Europe  They also have to decide if a cheese name is descriptive of the area or merely the type of cheese…so you can market Feta but not Cheddar cheese unless you live there.

But the latest regulation coming from the Eurocrat’s Area 57 is the ”

European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals

Strasbourg, 13.XI.1987

Again, these rules are old and no one bothered to ask the voters about them, but never mind.

But if you scroll down, you’ll find that if you declawed Tabby, the pet police might break down your doors and arrest you.

LIke other “conventions”, the rules are not automatically laws until the countries involve okay them. However, although most European countries just say okay with little public discussion and let such rules become law, the Brits are a bit uppity when it comes with cooperation with a “European” Union that means France and Germany get to make the rules.

And although animal lovers and anti vivisectionists have been big in the UK for at least a hundred years, some dog owners are upset. The Scotsman actually ran an article alerting their readers that if the UK approved this “convention”, that it would chihuahuaoutlaw 40 popular dog breeds, including collies, cocker spaniels, bulldogs, and the lowly Chihuahua.

A full list of outlawed breeds could be found HERE.

So it’s the European Union technocrats who are trying to implement Germany’s strict dog breeding laws across the entire European Union…and the festy Dog lovers of Britain trying to stop them.
Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the Philippines with her husband, six dogs, three cats, and a large extended family. Her webpage is finest Kind Clinic and fishmarket.

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