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


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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 animal welfare legislation. Across Europe, over 300 million pigs, hens, rabbits, ducks, quail and calves are imprisoned in cages that are barren, cramped, and deny the animals space to move freely.

The leaders were sent an open letter to draw their attention to the End the Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative, which with more than 1.6 million signatures became the largest European petition ever for farm animal welfare. The initiative has, subject to validation, broken the record for a balanced representation of voices across the EU, having surpassed the minimum threshold required by EU law in 21 EU Member States – a first in the history of European Citizens’ Initiatives. 

The letter is addressed to EU Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, and Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski, who will be shaping relevant laws and policies for farm animals.

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