Animal welfare seen by Europe as priority to harness globalisation

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Animal welfare seen by Europe as priority to harness globalisation

11 May 2017
Eurogroup for Animals
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Eurogroup for Animals strongly welcomes the inclusion of animal welfare in a Commission Reflection Paper on Harnessing Globalisation released on 10 May 2017. This is a step forward for EU Trade Policy and Animal Welfare, but it is not the end. Animal welfare is receiving increasing attention, but still insufficient attention in European trade policy.

Jeppe Kofod, Vice President of the S&D Group and the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals strongly pushed for this as a priority. He says: ‘‘This really does open a lot of doors for animal welfare organisations across Europe. Now we have something with which to hold both the Commission and the member states to account. Now our joint efforts on harnessing globalisation must also include dedicated commitments to ensuring animal welfare. Including animal welfare as a priority in EU trade policy is crucial in our efforts to ensure that no animal suffers needlessly on account of changing trade patterns, increased exports or other effects of globalisation’’.

Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals says: “We welcome the recognition and priority given to animal welfare set out in the Commission Reflection Paper. This is a positive sign that the protection of animals has not been pushed down the EU agenda. Now we must continue efforts and look ahead to free trade agreements which are one of the best means the EU has to help positively develop and influence animal welfare abroad. Eurogroup for Animals would welcome further statements that support such an approach in the European trade agenda.”

The removal of tariffs, allocation of tariff rate quotas, and increased regulatory cooperation in animal products can pose a significant threat to European standards for animal welfare.

For more information please contact:
Iyan Offor, International Trade Project Officer
T: + 32 (0) 2 740 08 20 | E: i.offor@eurogroupforanimals.org