Today’s industrial food production means that billions of farm animals suffer in Europe every year and since its inception Eurogroup's aim has been to highlight their plight and to campaign vigorously for legislation. Animals used for food are not just agriculture products but sentient beings. From the point of birth to the slaughterhouse they need to be treated accordingly.
What We Do
We actively work where we can make the most difference and today focus on the following areas:
An estimated 12.1 million animals – including dogs, rabbits and even our closest genetic relatives, primates – are used in laboratory research throughout Europe every year.
Eurogroup focusses on ensuring their protection and works with legislators, experts and industry with the aim of ultimately replacing all animal experiments with viable alternatives. We continue to actively promote the replacement, reduction and refinement of animal tests and do all we can to improve the lives of those animals currently used for research.
Throughout the world wild animals are exploited, cruelly trapped, hunted and killed. In addition human activity such as farming results in a loss of habitat which is rapidly threatening the planet’s biodiversity. Eurogroup strives to achieve effective legislation to protect wild animals and for improved enforcement of existing legislation to safeguard their welfare in all circumstances – whether in the wild or in captivity, traded or kept as exotic pets.
It is estimated that there are around 60 million owned dogs and 64 million owned cats in the European Union, but there is currently very little EU legislation to protect their welfare. National legislation can vary greatly, with some countries having strict legislation to protect dogs and cats and others having very little at all.
Supermarkets have the opportunity to improve the welfare of millions of animals produced for food by asking their suppliers to respect high welfare standards and by selling products from welfare friendly systems such as Beter Leven or Freedom Food. Recent decisions by retailers to stop selling eggs from cruel battery cages have had a huge influence on the move to more animal welfare friendly systems such as free-range.
Increasing international trade in live animals and animal products means that the work of Eurogroup can no longer be restricted within EU borders. Decisions on standards and regulations within the European Union have an impact on animal welfare around the globe where it affects the way animals are farmed or products are tested for their safety.