Putting Animal Welfare at the Heart of the European Elections

On 08/11/2013, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

On 6th November 2013, Eurogroup for Animals has launched its EU wide campaign to put animal welfare at the heart of the European Elections and to make it an issue that gets citizens to vote. The event was hosted by the Intergroup Board Members David Martin MEP  and Marit Paulsen MEP who participated in a lively panel discussion with the MEPs Janusz Wojciechowski and Keith Taylor about the animal welfare priorities for the next term.

Eurogroup for Animals hopes that all the political groups will adopt the contents of an Animal Welfare Manifesto which sets out  demands for the next term of the Parliament.

The event saw also the presentation of a  pledge with seven key demands for animal welfare. All returning MEPs and new candidates are invited to sign this pledge thus showing their support for animals. The demands of the pledge include live animal transport, animal testing, the exotic pet trade, companion animal breeding, international trade, an overarching animal welfare framework law and an increased recognition and awareness that animals are sentient beings.

To coincide with the debate a new website was launched that brings together all the information about the elections and the issues at stake. It can be found at This will be the primary focus for animal welfare related resources.  Getting closer to the election the website will help citizens to select  candidates that are most likely to make a difference for animal welfare.



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