Final call for a Common Agricultural Policy that protects the environment and animal welfare
Posted on 18/06/2013
On 25 June, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the European Union will meet in Luxembourg with negotiators from the European Parliament to seek a final political agreement on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
Ahead of the meeting, Eurogroup for Animals and seven other NGOs warn Members of the European Parliament and EU Ministers over the numerous concerns of European citizens about the negotiations and urge that their voice is heard when closing the deal.
The previous reform in 2003 was due to turn the focus from quantity to better quality production with increased attention to sustainable agriculture and citizens’ concerns, including animal welfare. To date the largest part of CAP subsidies is however still going to large industrial agro-business and very little financial support is provided for animal welfare.
In fact, at the moment most CAP negotiators appear actively committed to stripping the policy of many of its existing environmental credentials, as well as resisting proposals for any new environmental requirements. This result will only serve to make the EU’s own environmental objectives including for animal welfare even harder to deliver and further de-legitimise the CAP.