This award is a new category for the well-known Annual MEP Awards and was sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). It is fitting that someone who is a leading figure in the fight for improved enforcement of European animal welfare laws as well as advocating for the introduction of new legislation where there is currently none or ineffective legislation is the first recipient.
Commenting on his Award Jørgensen said: “This award is symbolic as it actually recognises the importance animals play in our lives and how we are responsible for maximising their welfare. The European Treaty governing our legislation recognises animals as sentient beings and I and my fellow MEPs will continue to ensure that the Commission recognises this and acts to improve the current situation and show that Europe really leads the way.”
Dan Jørgensen is best known for his work requesting a maximum eight hour time limit on the transport time for live animals to slaughter. The campaign launched by, in collaboration with Animals’ Angels, is one of the biggest animal welfare campaigns in Europe. Since its creation, it has received more than one million signatures and the written declaration has been signed by the majority of MEPs and now represents the official position of the European Parliament.