European Parliament study damns hiatus in EU animal welfare law. Large gaps leave 35% of EU animals unprotected.

Science on animal welfare progresses every day. Yet, we have seen progress on EU animal welfare policies and legislation stagnating, leaving aside science and the benefits it brings to animals and humans. A new European Parliament report demonstrates once more that this stagnation has major negative effects for animals, impairs the confidence in the EU’s functioning and […]


Animal Welfare Platform is a great opportunity to advance animal welfare

The EU’s primary network of animal protection organisations, Eurogroup for Animals*, has today welcomed the European Commission’s decision to establish an Animal Welfare Platform. Eurogroup for Animals worked closely with those Member States who called for its establishment, namely Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands in 2015, and believes that the final decision will help […]


Rabbits offered hope for minimum protection standards thanks to today’s European Parliament’s AGRI vote

Today, the EP Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development has overwhelmingly supported the own initiative report by Stefan Eck MEP (GUE/NGL, DE) on minimum standards for the protection of farmed rabbits. The adopted report calls on the European Commission to draw up a road map towards financially sustainable minimum standards for the protection of farm rabbits, which should […]

FONDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT – Brigitte Bardot Joins European Animal Groups To Urge Air France To Stop Transporting Monkeys For Research

Brigitte Bardot has joined the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), a coalition of leading animal protection organisations from across Europe, in calling on Air France to end its involvement in the cruel trade of monkeys for research. The former model, singer and actress who set up the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the welfare […]


ANIMAL FRIENDS CROATIA – Good news from Croatia – the ban on fur farming (chinchillas) has come into force as of January 1st after a 10 year phase out period

On January 1, 2017, the ban on fur farming, which was adopted in the 2006 Animal Protection Act, came into force in Croatia. The entry into force is the result of a long-lasting, decisive, and persistent struggle of citizens, experts, institutions, and animal protection associations during a long-drawn-out 10-year phase-out period, while the chinchilla farmers […]


Dolphinaria in Europe

Today the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals has discussed about dolphinaria in the European Union, an issue which raises concerns and divides public opinion. There are 32 captive cetacean facilities in the EU across 15 Member States which keep a total of 311 animals. The majority of these are bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), but also other […]