Take action: ask President von der Leyen to deliver the animal welfare proposal


Take action: ask President von der Leyen to deliver the animal welfare proposal

25 September 2023
The European Commission promised to publish a proposed revision of the EU’s animal welfare legislation this year. But we’re reaching the end of the year with no sign of this desperately needed update. The lives of billions of animals, and the wishes of millions of European citizens are being ignored.

On 13 September 2023, European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen held her annual State of the Union Address (SOTEU), outlining what the EC has achieved and what it will still do before the end of its political term in 2024. The animal welfare legislation was not mentioned, nor was it included in the 2024 letter of intent, contrary to the one published for 2023. 

Over the past several years, millions of citizens have asked for better animal welfare laws to be delivered:

  • 1.4 million citizens supported the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) End the Cage Age
  • 1.5 million citizens supported the ECI Fur Free Europe
  • The overwhelming majority of respondents to the 2016 Eurobarometer on animal welfare voted in favour of stronger animal protection measures in several areas

The EC promised to deliver the proposals for a revision of the legislation by the end of 2023. After SOTEU, our fight for the delivery of the legislation during this term is far from over. 

Over the coming weeks, the EC will finalise its work programme for 2024 in dialogue with the Council and Parliament. We must do everything we can to ensure this work goes ahead as planned, and is completed before the end of the current term.
If it matters to Europeans, it matters for Europe.
President Ursula von der Leyen, State of the Union Address

Take action

Help ensure the delivery of the desperately needed animal welfare legislation update by sending a message to President von der Leyen.