Posted on 23/09/2011
Today marks the final phase in the countdown to the European Union ban on the use of conventional battery cages for laying hens. In 100 days these cages will be outlawed and the welfare of millions of laying hens will be improved. To mark this milestone Eurogroup for Animals has launched a campaign for one final push to maintain pressure on European authorities, national governments and major egg users to ensure this ban is respected and that no further extensions or derogations are granted. You can find out more about the conditions these chickens have been kept in and what you can do to free them by visiting http://layinghens.eurogroupforanimals.org
Posted on 20/09/2011
Eurogroup for Animals is extremely disappointed that in the draft proposals on the future Common Agriculture Policy leaked recently the Commission does not address the concerns of millions of EU citizens who call for improved welfare for farm animals and for more sustainable agriculture. Animal welfare is not stated as an objective of the reformed policy and no basic payment will be given to farmers to improve it. In addition, the Commission does not respect its commitment from 2005 to stop granting subsidies for live cattle exports to third countries and the associated animal welfare problems caused by long distance transport will therefore continue.
Posted on 19/09/2011
Trade liberalisation is being promoted as a mean of achieving peace and development. After the structural reforms of the 1980s, the international community engaged in the 1990s in a new episode of liberalisation with the reform of the multilateral trading system (from GATT to WTO) coupled with another wave of economic liberalisation (the so called “Doha Development Round”). As a component of civil society, animal welfare organisations are scrutinising the impact of trade rules on environmental, social and domestic policies. They are also examining closely the consequences of trade liberalisation on developing countries.
Posted on 15/09/2011
Following the launch Eurogroup for Animals’ new website, visitors are now offered the option to subscribe to RSS feeds.
Posted on 14/09/2011
Eurogroup for Animals is delighted that Plus Retail, one of the major retailers in the Netherlands has signed the Declaration to end the use of cloning for food production in Europe. Along with Swedish ICA, Plus Retail is now the second major retailer to publically show their opposition to cloning.
Posted on 13/09/2011
Today the European Commission published its ninth Report on the development, validation, and legal acceptance of alternative methods to animal testing in the field of cosmetics. This report provides detailed information on the development of alternative test methods and shows the number of animals used in cosmetics testing. The data shows that in 2009 in France and Spain alone a total of 344 animals where used compared to 1510 in 2008. The Commission will use the report to decide to maintain the ban to end all tests in 2013 or to extend the deadline.
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