A majority in the European Parliament on Thursday sent a call to the European Commission to release millions of farm animals from the cages and put an end to the forced feeding of ducks and geese to produce foie gras. Parliament calls on the European Commission to draft legislation to ensure that the use of cages and slats is phased out in European agriculture by 2027. This comes on the basis of a European citizens’ proposal signed by 1.4 million Europeans.
“Doing something to improve animal welfare is an ethical, social and economic necessity,” EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides was quoted as saying by Reuters.
In World Animal Protection, which is one of the Danish organizations behind the campaign to get the animals out of the cages, campaign manager Esben Sloth is pleased with the decision.
“Today, we have received clear political support from the European Parliament to abolish slum animals. Not only in Denmark, but throughout the EU. In fact, it could affect animal welfare throughout the world, because it could even apply to imports, “he said in a press release.
Niels Fuglsang (S), Vice-President of the EU Animal Welfare Group, calls it “a milestone for the welfare of farm animals”.
“Now it is up to the European Commission to take the final decisive step and make it applicable law, so that there are fair and common rules in all member states,” he said.
However, it is still early in the legislative process. The Commission must make a proposal. But if the member states do not want it, it will not come to anything.
The European Commission is currently reviewing the common policy in the field of animal welfare. EU rules on animal welfare are already among the strictest in the world, and there are already rules for the use of some types of cages, including the space in which caged hens have to move.
Some countries have completely banned the keeping of caged hens. But in 2019, it was still half of all laying hens that lived in cages. The same is true of over 90 percent of all rabbits in European farms.
The European Parliament on Thursday expressed “serious concern” about the conditions in the farms where the animals do not have enough space to stand up or turn around.
Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.
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