On Saturday January 19th, at the beginning of the International Green Week in Berlin (January 18th-27th), the worldwide biggest agricultural event , our member organisations Deutscher Tierschutzbund and VIER PFOTEN took part in the annual demonstration against the agricultural industry and went to the streets to stand up for a sustainable Common Agriculture Policy and healthy food suitable for the next generations.
All in all, more than 100 organisations joined the demonstration, as well as 35,000 protesters including 170 tractors driven by organic farmers from all over Germany. Protesters gathered to ask the German agriculture minister, Julia Klöckner, to guarantee fair financial distribution of the CAP-money in accordance with the principle “public money for public goods”, and therefore to reward those farmers who protect the environment and the wellbeing of their animals.
35.000 Menschen – danke für eure riesige Unterstützung! ❤️
So haben wir am Wochenende in Berlin gemeinsam auf der “Wir haben es satt” – Demo protestiert. #WHES2019 https://t.co/zOAiM8nN4j pic.twitter.com/SdliRVo62C
— Tierschutzbund (@tierschutz_bund) January 21, 2019
At the demonstration, Thomas Schröder, president of Deutscher Tierschutzbund, pointed out that we need stricter laws to protect farm animals and that a national animal welfare label, as it is planned right now by the German government, shall not be an excuse to not adjust the legal framework. In other words, an animal welfare label should be part of an overall concept to improve animal welfare.
— VIER PFOTEN (@VIERPFOTEN) January 19, 2019
VIER PFOTEN highlighted the urgent need to “End the Cage Age” for all animals in Europe’s agricultural sector with a truck showing digital images. Rüdiger Jürgensen, the German Country Director, said: “We are fighting hard to free animals from unacceptable keeping conditions that increasing numbers of Europeans find objectionable and repulsive.”
The demonstration took place for the ninth time and the high number of participants shows once more that people care, sending a strong signal to decision-makers now that the CAP is being renegotiated.