We want to raise awareness about the need to improve the clarity, development and enforcement of higher animal welfare standards in organic farming at EU level. Currently these standards are underdeveloped and may differ widely between EU member states.
Check out our campaigns to find out what we're doing to improve Animal Welfare Standards within the European Union and take action!
In 2014, Eurogroup for Animals launched an important project to ensure EU’s 6 million horses and 1.5 million donkeys are covered by species specific legislation.
Our Animal Health Campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the important inter-linkages between animal health and animal welfare.
With 152 million pigs and a yearly production of about 23 million ton carcass weight, the EU is the world’s biggest exporter of pig meat and the second biggest producer after China . Council Directive 2008/120/EC, laying down minimum requirements for the welfare of pigs kept for farming purposes in the EU, allows for the surgical castration of male piglets without anaesthesia or analgesia until the 7th day of life. However, not only is the procedure questionable from an ethical and animal welfare perspective, but alternatives to surgical castration are already available and in use in some member states. These options should be encouraged and promoted, so that surgical castration can finally become a thing of the past.
There are around 66 million owned cats and 60 million owned dogs within the European Union. For many of us dogs and cats are valued members of our families that are loved and cared for, that provide companionship and even assistance.
Over recent years there has been a growing trend away from keeping traditional pets towards exotic animals, placing the EU as a top importer of tropical fish, reptiles, birds and mammals.