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EFSA concludes conventional rabbit cages have worst welfare score

Photo credit: ©Essere Animali Today the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published three scientific opinions on the welfare of rabbits kept in the EU for meat consumption. The conclusions show the need for the European Commission to use this scientific evidence to enact long overdue legislation for rabbits and end caged systems. At the same time, the opinions demonstrate

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Heli Dungler, 1963-2020

It is with great shock and sadness that we heard today about the sudden death of Heli Dungler, CEO of FOUR PAWS, our Board member and lifelong animal advocate. Eurogroup for Animals expresses its sincere condolences to Heli’s family and colleagues. Heli was an inspiration for Eurogroup for Animals’ network of organisations fighting for a better life for animals in

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EU fisheries ministers ignore science and approve overfishing in 2020

EU fisheries ministers have again agreed to overfish several species, including cod. This will make it impossible for the EU to achieve the goals it has set for 2020: to reduce unwanted catch mortality, especially for vulnerable marine species, and to ensure that all fishing activities are harvesting fish stocks sustainably. At the annual AGRIFISH Council meeting held on Monday

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Council Conclusions send a message that cannot be ignored – better legislation for animals is needed

Citizens have spoken, the European Parliament has spoken – and now the Council of the European Union has added its voice to the throng calling for a better future for animals in the EU. The Conclusions adopted by Ministers today reveal that the Council of the EU considers animal welfare an integral part of sustainable animal production, and that as

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Amber light for animal welfare in the Green Deal

Photo: Omar Calderone Eurogroup for Animals is pleased to see that the proposed European Green Deal, which was revealed today, concedes that stricter standards are needed for farm animal welfare and identifies potential opportunities to tackle biodiversity loss and threats to wildlife. Now, though, we’d like to see specific information and ambitious proposals on how the Deal will actually deliver

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Imported horse meat from Canada puts EU consumers at risk

Photo: © Animal Welfare Foundation / Animals’ Angels USA An audit published by the EU Commission has found that Canadian slaughterhouses do not comply with EU rules on traceability, implying a risk for public health. The EU’s DG Health and Food Safety’s audit on Canadian horse meat production systems concludes that traceability of the horses cannot be ensured. “[This audit]

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MEPs call on the Commission for a phase-out strategy for animals in science

At an event yesterday that aimed to define concrete steps for a transition to animal-free science, the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals launched a declaration calling on the European Commission to establish a concrete strategy with targets to phase out the use of animals in specific areas of research, education, and testing. Tilly Metz MEP (Greens/EFA, LU)

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More than 160 organisations call on the new EU leaders to end caged farming

Photo: © Andrew Skowron/Otwarte Klatki An open letter co-signed by organisations from all across Europe is calling on the new EU Commissioners to end the use of cages in farming. Today, more than 160 organisations, representing the views of over one million people, have called on new European Union leaders to make sure that the EU stops lagging behind in

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EU citizens want more consideration of environmental and health standards in EU trade policy

Photo: ©CEPS Think Tank EU citizens consider that ensuring the EU’s environmental and health standards are respected in trade policy is a top priority, according to the latest Eurobarometer published on Wednesday 20 November. As sustainability, human health and animal welfare are closely interconnected, this should also be considered a call for the EU to address better animal welfare in

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The new Commission must mark a new chapter for animals

Photo © Patrick Seeger/EPA As the von der Leyen Commission begins its first working week in office, Eurogroup for Animals looks forward to the new term ahead and to working with several of the new Commissioners to give animals across our Union a good life. Despite the many surveys and questionnaires that have demonstrated that European citizens see animal welfare

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