Eurogroup for Animals

More than a million people want to see the end of cages for farmed animals

© Andrew Skowron / Otwarte Klatki The End the Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has closed with over 1.5 million signatures asking the EU to put an end to the confinement of farmed animals. With the largest European petition ever for farm animal welfare ending at 23:59 last night, today is one of the most significant days for farm

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In Timmermans we Trust

Animal Welfare is a policy field that does not sit with one Commission department only. Ultimate responsibility for this field should now sit with Frans Timmermans as Executive Vice President for a European Green Deal. Commission President-elect von der Leyen has today unveiled her proposed new team that will take office on 1 November. Whilst some questions remain, Eurogroup for

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Are method of production labels WTO compliant? Open debate at the WTO Public Forum 2019

For the second year in a row, the WTO Public Forum will host an event co-organised by Eurogroup for Animals and its members. This year, it will focus on how a method of production labeling system can help foster trade in more sustainable products. Each year, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) holds its Public Forum, a large annual event made

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Opposition to EU-Mercosur deal is growing

Photo credits:©David Mercado/Reuters While it seemed impossible back in July, now the opposition to the EU-Mercosur deal is building up among Member States due to the dramatic fires caused by deforestation and the lack of action of Brazilian President Bolsonaro. Could this be an opportunity for EU Member States to realise they need to include more than just cooperation mechanisms

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Nightmare comes true for Romanian sheep exported to Persian Gulf

Photo: © Animals International Animal protection organisations are calling for infringement proceedings against Romania, which allowed 66,000 sheep to be exported to the Persian Gulf in the middle of summer, despite the EU Commission urging authorities not to allow the vessel to leave. In a recent letter to Animals International, Romanian authorities claim they required a 20% reduction in stocking

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The world agrees to end the international trade in live, wild-caught elephants

On 27 August at the eighteenth Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) in Geneva, delegates confirmed to ban the capture and trade of wild elephants destined for zoos and circuses around the world. A preliminary vote on this issue happened towards the beginning of the conference

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Hopeful news for wild elephants at CITES conference

Photo: Faunagraphic The World Wildlife Conference has taken an historic step towards ending the international trade in live, wild-caught elephants. Yesterday, at the eighteenth Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) in Geneva, delegates voted to ban the capture and trade of wild elephants destined for zoos

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Suffering of calves on 1700km road journey to Israel

Photo: © Animal Welfare Foundation/Israel Against Live Shipments Calves being transported from Lithuania to Israel have been found in extremely overcrowded conditions on the trucks, lying in a thick layer of manure and suffering from heat and extreme thirst. These conditions – suffered on a journey of two weeks for a distance of 1700km – caused the death of some

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More support for a shift towards a plant-based diet in UN Climate Change Report

Image © Carol M. Highsmith On August 8, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report on global land use and agriculture, in which experts once again pointed at the excesses of the cruelest meat and dairy industries. Will the EU listen? In its report compiled by hundreds of scientists around the world, the IPCC presents

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Misery for 70,000 Gulf-bound sheep continues

Photo: © Animals International The plight of the 70,000 sheep on the shipment from Romania to the Persian Gulf continues, with the vessel entering Shuwaikh port in Kuwait yesterday in temperatures that were reported to have reached 47°C. It is day 19 for the remaining animals on board the Al Shuwaikh, owned by the Kuwaiti company Livestock Transport & Trading

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