Farm Animals

Debate on the animal welfare concerns of foie gras production

On 12/05/2016, in All posts, Farm Animals, Press releases, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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The title of today’s meeting of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals in the European Parliament in Strasbourg was: ‘Foie gras: The cruelty behind the delicacy’. The speakers illustrated the present situation of foie gras production in Europe, in relation to scientific knowledge on animal welfare, the perception of French citizens, and […]

Commission Recommendations on implementation of pig welfare legislation do not leave any more room for doubts

On 10/03/2016, in All posts, Farm Animals, Press releases, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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During the Intergroup of Thursday 10 March, MEPs called on the European Commission to step up efforts to protect pig welfare. Currently the majority of Member States are not in compliance with the Pigs Directive and 83 million piglets a year are still being surgically castrated without pain relief. Today’s meeting saw the presentation of […]

European citizens expect higher animal welfare standards in organic animal products

On 05/10/2015, in Farm Animals, Press releases, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Will the Parliament vote accordingly on 12 October? Although in principle, organic farming is supposed to meet high standards of animal welfare, the reality is that high standards are not always being applied in practice. The problem is directly linked to EU organic legislation, which contains contradicting provisions and rules that may allow for painful […]

Live animal transport still a major animal welfare problem

On 09/07/2015, in All posts, Farm Animals, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Strasbourg – At today’s meeting of the Intergroup on the Conservation and Welfare of Animals, Members of the European Parliament heard about the consistent failure of member states to enforce Regulation EC 1/2005 which causes millions of animals every year to suffer unnecessarily during transport. This is compounded further with the export of live animals […]

Rearing rabbits: a major challenge for animal welfare

On 04/05/2015, in Farm Animals, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Strasbourg – During its 311th session the Intergroup on Animal Welfare discussed Rabbit Welfare, its issues and possible solutions. Rabbits are one of the most farmed species in the world, and almost 326 million rabbits are slaughtered for meat production every year in Europe. Most of the rabbits are kept under poor husbandry conditions in […]

European Commission must ensure proper implementation and enforcement of the Slaughter Regulation immediately

On 12/03/2015, in Farm Animals, Press releases, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Strasbourg – During its 310th session the Intergroup called on the Commission to phase out killing methods which cause intense suffering to animals, such as slaughter without stunning, the use of CO2 stunning for pigs and the use of electrical water-bath stunners for poultry as soon as possible. This demand followed presentations by animal welfare […]

Consumer information needed as majority of EU citizens do not know the origin of the animal products they consume

On 12/02/2015, in All posts, Farm Animals, Laying hens, Press releases, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Strasbourg – During its 309th session the Intergroup on Animal Welfare discussed the need to improve information to consumers on animal products. The average EU consumer does not know how or where the majority of the animal products they buy were produced. This lack of information and awareness has consequences for animal welfare, restricting the ability of […]

Alternatives to surgical castration of pigs urgently need to be applied across the EU

On 15/01/2015, in All posts, Farm Animals, Press releases, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Strasbourg – During its session today the Intergroup discussed the situation regarding the European Declaration on Alternatives to Surgical Castration of Pigs and how it is being implemented across the EU. In 2010 the European Commission, with the support of the Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union proposed to establish the “European Declaration […]