Episode #21 : The online animal trade and the EU Digital Services Act

With large numbers of animals being sold in online marketplaces in Europe, both animals and consumers are at risk. The Digital Services Act could help tackle this issue through improved regulation of digital markets. 

We speak with Georgia Diamantopoulou, EU Companion Animal Policy Coordinator at Four Paws, and Maryant Fernandez Perez, a lawyer and Senior Digital Policy Officer at the European Consumer Organisation BEUC, about how this legislation could better protect consumers and animals.

Listen to previous episodes

Episode #20 : Time to end the wildlife trade, with World Animal Protection CEO Steve McIvor

Millions of animals pass through the wildlife trade every year, threatening their welfare, human health, and contributing to dramatic biodiversity loss.

Steve McIvor, CEO of World Animal Protection, explains the organisation's new strategy to end the wildlife trade, and why international action is needed at the G20 Summit to make this a priority. 

Episode #19 : The role of working equines in the EU and beyond, and how we can protect their welfare

More than 200 million working animals support the livelihoods of over 600 million people. With Dr Joe Collins from The Donkey Sanctuary, we explore what kind of roles horses, donkeys and other working equines perform in the EU and beyond. 

From Greece to China, we explore how crucial working equines can be to developing communities and how we can work to protect their welfare and empower those persons who work with them.

Episode #18 : Why is Europe's cosmetics animal testing ban under threat?

Tests on animals for cosmetic products and their ingredients were banned in Europe in 2009, but the EU Chemicals Regulation is driving new tests on animals even for ingredients that have long been proved safe for use. A new European Citizens’ Initiative, Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics, is aiming to protect the ban and take this further by calling for a concrete plan to transition to non-animal science in Europe.

We speak to Julia Fentern, who has led Unilever’s non-animal science work for more than 20 years. Unilever, along with other major brands such as Dove, The Body Shop and numerous NGOs, are driving this ECI to achieve change for animals used in science.

Episode #17 : The urgent need for food system transformation with MEP Francisco Guerreiro

As outlined in the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, there is an urgent need to shift towards more plant-based diets and alternative proteins in Europe in order to improve animal welfare, mitigate climate change and prevent biodiversity loss.

We are joined by MEP Francisco Guerreiro to discuss the importance of transforming food systems in the EU, and how we can make that happen.

Episode #16 : How we achieved a ban on cages in animal farming, with Compassion in World Farming

On 30 June, the European Commission committed to phase out cages in animal farming across the EU by 2027, making history for farm animals. How did we achieve this historic result? 

The End the Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), which launched in September 2018 and gained over 1.6 million signatures, has now become the first successful ECI on farmed animal welfare. We speak with Aleksandra Terzieva, Public Affairs Advisor at Compassion in World Farming EU. CIWF led a coalition of 170 NGOs from across Europe and rallied citizens from every corner of the Union to achieve this success.