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DYREVERNALLIANSEN: New report reveals high mortality of hatched salmon in Norway

Photo credit: ©Dyrevernalliansen Suspiciously high mortality levels of Norwegian juvenile salmon were found in the report produced by Dyrevernalliansen and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute earlier this month. Since Norway is the world’s biggest producer of Atlantic salmon this finding sheds an important light on the lack of appropriate welfare measures for Norway’s largest, yet most […]

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ANIMAL EQUALITY ITALY: Investigation shows the suffering of caged sows in Italy

Photo credit: ©Animal Equality Italy  New images from a video investigation carried out by Animal Equality in a farm in Northern Italy show once again the cruel conditions of caged sows. Trapped between bars, their piglets will become Italian pork delicacies such as Parma Ham. Animal Equality calls on people across Europe to seize the […]

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L214: Investigation in a French rabbit farm shows it’s time to #EndTheCageAge

Photo credits:  ©L214 New investigation by our French member L214 reveals the horrible conditions rabbits bred for their meat have to endure in a farm located in the town of Nueil-les-Aubiers (Deux-Sèvres) in central-west France. Cramped spaces, wounds and antibiotics are the daily life of these animals confined to cages for the whole of their […]

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WORLD ANIMAL PROTECTION: Shocking reports on wild animals in captivity and bred for traditional medicine

Photo credit: Blood Lions This month, World Animal Protection has published two reports, one exposing degrading performances and activities in the world’s zoos and aquariums, and the other revealing the expanding industry of big cats being bred and killed for their body parts. The first report, ‘The show can’t go on’, was produced in cooperation […]

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C’EST ASSEZ, CNDA, FONDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT, L214 AND LFDA: French NGOs present their proposals for better wildlife protection to Ministry of Ecology

Photo credits: ©Pablo Heimplatz   Following the consultation launched on 24 April by the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition of France, a coalition of French animal welfare NGOs presented to Minister François de Rugy their proposals to improve the welfare of wild animals kept in captivity in France.  The coalition working group –  […]

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COMPASSION IN WORLD FARMING: 2019 Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards Ceremony

Find out who the winners are On June 27th, Compassion in World Farming hosted the 2019 edition of the Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards in Brussels, Belgium. This annual ceremony rewards food businesses for their commitments to higher animal welfare. The 2019 edition rewarded dozens of corporations for egg-laying hens, rabbits, turkey, broiler chickens, dairy […]

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WELFARM: Renewed forces against piglet castration without anesthesia in France

Photo: Otwarte Klatki / Andrew Skowron Today WELFARM re-launched their campaign against piglet castration without anesthesia. Due to lack of the EU Pig Directive enforcement, 10 million male piglets, 85% of them no older than 7 days old, are castrated without anesthesia in France every year. With the campaign and the newly launched video capturing […]

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ISPCA: Ireland bans fur farming

Photo credits: © Konrad Łoziński/Otwarte Klatki Ireland’s Cabinet agreed to the phased dis-establishment of fur farming in Ireland yesterday. It’s cause for celebration for ISPCA, Eurogroup for Animals’ Irish member organisation, which has been working to end fur farming for many years, and recently with the successful campaign #FurFreeIreland. The Government decision was based on […]

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ANIMAL ADVOCACY AND PROTECTION: Urgent call for Positive List of species allowed as pets in the EU

AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection today published a report which sheds light on the alarming lack of EU regulation covering the private ownership of the vast majority of all 5,488 known mammal species, most of which can be kept as pets somewhere in the EU. Even species with extraordinarily complex care needs, such as primates, […]

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COMPASSION IN WORLD FARMING: 150 actions in 33 countries to ‘Stop Live Transport’

Thousands of citizens mobilised on six continents to raise awareness on June 14 for the third annual Stop Live Transport International Day of Awareness organised by Compassion in World Farming. In Brussels, a group – including MEPs Jytte Guteland (S&D, SE) and Anja Hazekamp (GUE, NL) – gathered in front of the European Parliament holding […]

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DYREVERNALLIANSEN: Norway bans fur farming

Photo © Dyrevernalliansen/Iselin Linstad Hauge Yesterday the Norwegian Parliament passed the Fur Farming Prohibition Act, banning the practise in Norway from February 2025 onwards. It’s a victory for Dyrevernalliansen (the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance), Eurogroup for Animals’ Norwegian member organisation, which has been working to end fur farming for two decades. The impossibility of solving […]

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TIERSCHUTZBUND ZÜRICH and ANIMAL WELFARE FOUNDATION: “Stop the deceit over horsemeat imports”

Photo ©Tierschutzbund Zürich and Animal Welfare Foundation Thirteen international animal welfare organisations – led by Tierschutzbund Zürich and Animal Welfare Foundation – are calling for a suspension of horsemeat imports based on a lack of traceability and respect for animal welfare requirements. Since 2012, the animal welfare NGOs Tierschutzbund Zürich (Switzerland), Animal Welfare Foundation (Germany), […]

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OTWARTE KLATKI: Protection of animals in the EU – Meeting with Polish candidate MEPs

On May 22, during the National Day of Animal Rights, we met in Poznan with candidates taking part in the European Parliament elections. As part of the debate organized by Otwarte Klatki and Koalicja Społeczna STOP FERMOM Przemysłowym, representatives of the main political forces had the opportunity to present their own visions of animal protection […]

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DEUTSCHER TIERSCHUTZBUND: #RespectPigeons Campaign

Photo credits: ©Deutscher Tierschutzbund This month, Deutscher Tierschutzbund launched a second phase of their #RespectPigeons campaign. Focused on building a more positive image of these birds, often considered to present a health hazard, the campaign aims to create peaceful co-existence of humans and pigeons. Often referred to as ‘sky rats’, pigeons have long been perceived […]

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European Union Court of Justice questions wolf hunting permits granted in Finland

Photo © Ronnie Macdonald Last week the Court of Justice of the European Union (EUJC) delivered its opinion on the permits granted by the Finnish Wildlife Agency to kill wolves – a seriously endangered species in Finland – to prevent poaching and harm to hunting dogs. The EUCJ considers that Finland has failed to scientifically […]

ANIMAIS DE RUA: Portuguese candidates share their priorities for animals

Our Portuguese Member, Animais de Rua, organised a political debate on 6th of May in Lisbon. The event gathered candidates for the upcoming European Parliament elections (23-26 May) to discuss their animal welfare commitments as part of the Vote for Animals 2019 campaign. Bullfighting and the transport of live animals were particular concerns for all […]

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ANIMAL WELFARE FOUNDATION: Cruelty to lambs transported to Italy during Easter continues

Photo credits:  ©Animal Welfare Foundation Yet again, lambs have been transported across the EU for days with no water, food, room to rest or veterinary care. An investigation by Animal Welfare Foundation sheds light on the systematic cruelties and violations behind the transport of lambs from Eastern Europe to Italy during Easter. Every year during […]

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DYRENES BESKYTTELSE: The time is ripe to reintroduce a ban on cages for hens in Denmark

Photo credits:  ©Dyrenes Beskyttelse 25,000 Danish citizens have signed a petition launched by Dyrenes Beskyttelse, the Danish organisation for animal protection, to ban cages for hens. Until 1980 it was illegal to keep laying hens in cages in Denmark, and both animal advocates and citizens think the time is ripe to translate the will of […]

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ESSERE ANIMALI: #SOSpig campaign

Photo credits: © Essere Animali Essere Animali has released a new investigation that documents the cruel procedures that more than 9 million pigs endure on Italian factory farms. The release of the investigation also coincides with the launch of a campaign with a petition, #SOSpigs (English website). Images reveal the conditions endured by breeding sows, confined […]

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GAIA: Belgians say ‘yes’ to cell-based meat

Photo credit: ©Mosa Meat On 13 March GAIA officially launched their slaughter-free meat campaign. Following encouraging results in the opinion poll measuring consumer attitudes towards cell-based meat in Belgium, the campaign launch was tied to the presentation of Paul Shapiro’s book Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World, now […]

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ANIMAL FRIENDS CROATIA: Third animal rights march in Croatia sets to be biggest so far

Photo credits: ©Animal Friends Croatia On 13 April Animal Friends Croatia (AFC) will organize the country’s biggest animal rights march for the third time in the capital city, Zagreb. AFC invites all citizens to join the peaceful march and stand for those who have been deprived of their fundamental rights, for nonviolence and for justice. […]

ANIMAL DEFENDERS INTERNATIONAL: New book proposes ways to move away from animal experimentation

The limitations of animal experimentation in improving human healthcare is overwhelming, but more than 11 million animals are still used in research every year in the EU alone. In a conference sponsored by Animal Defenders International, the authors of a new book, ‘Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Shift’, presented their critical look at the […]

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CIWF: Examining two solutions to reduce animal suffering – Mobile slaughter and meat analogues

Photo credits: Compassion in World Farming On 5th February Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), together with Svenska Djurskyddforeningen, organised a debate at the European Parliament to discuss how mobile slaughter can break the chain of long-distance transport, reducing unnecessary suffering for the animals. The event was hosted by MEP Jytte Guteland (S&D, SE) who stressed that […]

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FONDATION BRIGITTE BARDOT: Slaughter without stunning – State of play and scope for change

On Thursday January 25, Fondation Brigitte Bardot organized a conference on the issue of slaughter without stunning. Sponsored by Pascal Durand, Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA, FR), the conference gathered veterinarians, animal advocates, industrial stakeholders, lawyers, and  Muslim and Jewish representatives from France  to discuss the challenges of slaughter without stunning and opportunities for […]

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LOOMUS: Animal advocates will help to resubmit legislative fur farm ban in response to Estonian parliament earlier rejection

Photo credits: Loomus On 22 January, the Estonian parliament again rejected a proposal to close fur farms with a 5-year transition period. Although 28 parliamentarians voted for the continuation of fur farming, a historically high number of 25 parliamentarians voted against. Loomus sees this as a positive development as the fur farming proponents won by […]

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DEUTSCHER TIERSCHUTZBUND and VIER PFOTEN: “We are fed up!” Demonstration in Berlin

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 […]

Eurogroup for Animals and Portuguese animal advocacy organisations join forces for animals in Portugal

A group of enthusiastic animal advocates at the first meeting of Joining Forces for Animals in Portugal project. They are SOS Animal, Sociedade Portuguesa para a Educação Humanitária, ONDAID, Vida Animal, Animais de rua, Associaçao Miacis and Associação Projecto Animais de Barcelos. Joining Forces for Animals in Portugal is a two-year project kindly supported by […]

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WELFARM and ANIMAL WELFARE FOUNDATION: New investigation on the transport of unweaned calves shows violation of EU law

Photo credits: WELFARM / Animal Welfare Foundation  WELFARM and Animal Welfare Foundation released a new investigation showing massive violations of the EU transport regulation. By following a truck loaded with 155 young calves transported from Poland to the Franco-German border, investigators found that the animals were kept in the truck for 20 hours, with no […]

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SEY: “Ban on keeping animals needs better controls”

Kati Pulli, CEO of SEY, criticizes insufficient enforcement of ban on animal keeping in Finland. Unfairly differing from similar acts treated as criminal offenses, the violation of this ban has been considered as merely a misdemeanor, making the implementation process slow and sometimes even impossible. With the Finnish Animal Welfare Act currently under revision, SEY […]

ANIMAL FRIENDS CROATIA: ‘Adopt, don’t shop!’ urges Croatian president

Photo credit: Animal Friends Croatia Last month, the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic hosted an open door event dedicated to ‘Adopt, don’t shop!’ campaign. Initiated by Animal Friends Croatia and the country’s network of 40 animal protection organisations, the event was an opportunity to report on the implementation of the new Animal Protection Act that came […]

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World Horse Welfare: “Changing Times” 2018 Annual Conference

On October 31 World Horse Welfare held a thought-provoking annual conference hosting speakers from across the international equine sector. In the packed venue of the Royal Geographical Society in London experts and horse welfare enthusiasts discussed a wide range of topics such as changing trends in equine training methods and the importance of boosting developing […]

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L214: Another investigation reveals appalling conditions in French battery cages

Photo credits: ©L214   Last week, L214 released an investigation capturing the ghastly conditions in which laying hens are kept in the industrial farms federated by the Groupe Avril, leading actor in French industrial oils and proteins sector. The appalling footage shows more than 150,000 laying hens cramped in cages, experiencing distress and anguish. L214 […]

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ESSERE ANIMALI: New investigation exposes ‘horrific’ conditions on Italian fish farms

Photo credits: ©Essere Animali The Guardian released a shocking investigation conducted by Essere Animali that uncovers terrible conditions on European ‘factory farms’ for fish. These largely unregulated, cruel practices expose the lack of fish’ legal protection in spite of being widely accepted as sentient beings. The distressing footage filmed by Essere Animali shows sea bream, […]

WELFARM: Calling citizens to ensure animal welfare stands out in Commission consultation on the future of Europe

This week WELFARM launched an initiative calling French citizens to take part in the recently opened European Commission Consultation on the future of Europe. By guiding its supporters through the rather complex consultation while raising specific animal welfare issues, WELFARM provides a great example of animal advocates mobilising citizens to take responsibility for the future […]

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L214 calls for the ban of fur farms in France on national TV

On 9 October Sébastien Arsac, co-founder of L214, appeared on one of France’s most popular investigative TV programmes, ‘Cash investigation’. The edition was devoted to the shocking behind-the-curtain reality of the luxury goods sector in France. Sébastien Arsac called on France to follow the example of 12 European countries and ban fur farming. Cash investigation […]

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WORLD HORSE WELFARE, THE DONKEY SANCTUARY: Working equines’ welfare important for achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals

Photo left to right: Jessica Stark, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, World Horse Welfare; Roly Owers, CEO World Horse Welfare; Mike Baker, CEO, The Donkey Sanctuary; Ian Cawsey, The Donkey Sanctuary UN Ambassador; Valentina Riva, Advocacy Manager, The Donkey Sanctuary. Photo credits: The Donkey Sanctuary The Donkey Sanctuary and World Horse Welfare held high-level […]

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DJURENS RÄTT: The most influential NGO in Swedish social media landscape

Photo credits: ©Djurens Rätt On September 27, Swedish media site medieakademin.se released its list of the most influential social media platforms in 2018. Djurens Rätt received a flattering acknowledgment for being the most influential non-governmental organisation in Sweden. They rank 6th on the list of the most impactful on Facebook, after biggest Sweden’s biggest media […]

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DEUTSCHER TIERSCHUTZBUND: Germany plans to delay implementation of mandatory anaesthesia for piglets during castration

Photo credits: ©Dyrevernalliansen On October 1 the German coalition announced their disappointing decision to plan to delay mandatory anesthesia for piglets during castration, just three months before the measure’s supposed enforcement. As a consequence, more than 20 million piglets castrated without anesthesia every year in Germany will have to endure the suffering for another two […]