Joint letter urges EU Chief Veterinarians to put animal welfare issues on the agenda

Joint letter urges EU Chief Veterinarians to put animal welfare issues on the agenda

3 April 2023
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Together with Djurens Rätt, Eurogroup for Animals and eleven other organisations have sent a letter to the EU's Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) asking to put important animal welfare issues on the agenda at the upcoming CVO meeting in April.

Ahead of the EU Chief Veterinary Officers' (CVOs) planned meeting in Varberg, Sweden, on 25-28 April this year, Djurens Rätt has sent a joint letter along with twelve other animal protection organisations to the chief veterinarians.

The meeting's theme is sustainability and will address current issues in the fields of animal health, welfare and food safety. 

The letter outlines key animal welfare issues to be addressed at the meeting and urges the group to actively participate in the ongoing legislative process at EU level. They are also invited to participate in a meeting with signatory organisations to further discuss the content of the letter.

The letter addresses the following issues:

  • Reduced meat consumption and improved welfare for safe and sustainable food production
  •  A Fur Free Europe
  • An end to caged animals (End the Cage Age)
  • Strengthened animal welfare for fish
  • An end to the distressing and cruel transport of animals
  • Enhanced animal welfare at slaughter

The full text of the letter is available here.

With this letter, a significant part of the international animal rights and welfare movement is sending clear messages to the EU Chief Veterinary Officers ahead of their meeting on sustainability in Varberg in April. Animal welfare is an important part of sustainability and I do hope that the entire CVO group is inspired by the content of the letter, to put the best interests of animals on the agenda and to use the opportunities they as a CVO group have, to contribute to strengthened animal welfare at EU level. 
Camilla Bergvall, President of Djurens Rätt