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.
As a direct result of Eurogroup action, the European Commission has opened legal proceedings against member states for failing to properly enforce EU rules protecting wild animals kept in zoos.
The work undertaken in this area is done with support from the European Commission.