Launched during the February Intergroup session, more than 1000 candidates for the European elections signed the pledge. This high number of commitments clearly reflects an increased interest for animal welfare among both politicians and citizens.
The Vote for Animals campaign showcased the key policy objectives for animal welfare for the upcoming legislative term. The 22 commitments to which candidates could pledge covered farm animals, wildlife, animals used in research, animals in trade, and companion animals. One pledge also offered candidates the opportunity to commit to joining the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals.
117 candidates who signed the pledge were elected, and will sit in the Parliament for the next five years, where they will have the opportunity to enhance animal welfare in the EU and beyond. Among those elected, more than 75 MEPs committed to join the Intergroup. This high number of MEPs ready to actively act in favour of animals will ensure that the Intergroup will continue to be a key cross-party forum for informal discussions and for developing actions on specific animal welfare issues.