No change for animal welfare under Common Agriculture Policy deal
Posted on 27/06/2013
Eurogroup for Animals is deeply disappointed that the deal concluded yesterday on the reformed Common Agricultural Policy does not include any substantial changes in favour of sustainable farming in the European Union.
“This agreement by the Irish Presidency, the European Parliament and the European Commission will mean that there will be no progress and no significant shift from an increasingly intensive way of farming in the EU. This will have clear negative impacts on animal welfare and it is a missed opportunity,” said Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals.
We can only hope that the implementation of the reform at regional and national level will lead to rural development programmes which integrate measures to improve animal welfare.
The animal welfare payment, but also investments, training and measures to foster innovation, can all contribute to a better treatment of animals while ensuring producers are competitive as they reply to consumers’ wish for higher welfare products,” concluded Ms Hameleers.
Good implementation with positive impact on animal welfare will depend on the amount of funding allocated to the second pillar. Eurogroup calls on Member States to use the possibility of transferring up to 15% of pillar 1 funds to pillar 2 to ensure enough money is available for more sustainable methods of farming in the period 2014 to 2020.