Press releases

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 […]

New report on fur farming: A scientific review of animal welfare standards and WelFur

On 26/11/2015, in Press releases, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Strasbourg –   Today, the Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals met to discuss fur farming in the EU. The meeting was opened by MEP Janusz Wojciechowski, President of the Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals who welcomed everyone to the launch of the new report “The Case Against Fur Factory Farming – A Scientific […]

Modern Society must realise that wild animals have no place in circuses today

On 29/10/2015, in Press releases, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Strasbourg –    Today, the Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals met to discuss the welfare of wild animals in circuses. The meeting was opened by MEP Karin Kadenbach who gave an update on the state of play of the oral question on banning the use of wild animals in circuses which she introduced during the […]

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 […]

European Commissioners urged to publish new animal welfare strategy for period 2016-2020

On 08/09/2015, in Animal Welfare Strategy, Press releases, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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Strasbourg –    At its meeting today Fredrick Federley MEP (ALDE, SE) supported by 75 MEPs from 22 member states presented Commissioner Andriukatis with an oral question urging the European Commission to publish a new EU-Animal Welfare Strategy 2016-2020 by the end of the year. The MEPs also called on the Commission to incorporate the new strategy […]

Ground-breaking report on the health and welfare of EU horses, donkeys and mules published today

On 11/06/2015, in All posts, Press releases, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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At today’s Intergroup session in Strasbourg Eurogroup for Animals and World Horse Welfare published ‘Removing the Blinkers: The health and welfare of European equidae in 2015’, the first ever report to investigate the scale of the horse sector in Europe, legislation affecting it and the key health and welfare challenges of the EU’s equids. During the […]

Better Implementation of Animal Experimentation Directive Instrumental for Ultimate Replacement of Animal use

On 21/05/2015, in All posts, Press releases, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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At today’s meeting of the Intergroup on the Conservation and Welfare of Animals, the topic discussed was one that remains a great concern for the citizens of the EU and therefore of great importance to the Members of the European Parliament, that of animal experimentation. The Intergroup calls for the strong scrutiny of the implementation […]

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 […]