New Eurobarometer on attitudes of Europeans towards animal welfare

On 16/03/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

On Tuesday 15th March, the European Commission has published the special Eurobarometer 442 on attitudes of Europeans towards animal welfare. This new opinion poll conclusively demonstrates that an overwhelming majority of EU citizens want the Union’s institutions to act to better protect animals and therefore share those decision-makers’ vision.

The Eurobarometer was conducted following Eurogroup for Animals’ request for a new survey to the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, in April last year.

The survey shows that more than four in five citizens want to see better welfare for farmed animals, that nearly three quarters of citizens believe that pet welfare should be better than it is at present, and that nine in ten people think that imported products should respect the same animal welfare standards as those applied in the EU, with nearly the same proportion believing that the EU should do more to promote a greater awareness of animal welfare internationally.

Furthermore, the Eurobarometer reveals just how far individual citizens will go to further animal welfare themselves, with more than half looking for animal welfare labels when shopping, and nearly six in ten willing to pay a premium for higher-welfare products.

Speaking at yesterday high level seminar on the future of animal welfare Janusz Wojciechowski MEP commented: “Without doubt, citizens do not see animal welfare only as a regional, national or a European preserve, but instead see it as a joint responsibility. Moreover, they recognise the role that businesses and individuals can play by driving improvements through the marketplace, and want to be given the tools to make informed purchases.”

We trust that the overwhelming support for animal welfare will convince the College of Commissioners to formulate a new ambitious animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020, in line with the Resolution from the European Parliament last December.

After all, at a time when many parts of the European electorate feel distanced and alienated from the machinations of Brussels, here is an opportunity for the Commission to undertake a range of actions in an area that resonates in the hearts of so many. Citizens want a Europe that cares for animals. Now we should get on and build it. ”

Eurogroup for Animals has prepared an infographic which summarises the main outcomes of the opinion poll.




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