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.

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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.

Episode #15 : Fish welfare - improving standards in the EU

The unseen and unfamiliar life of fish has given them low visibility in society, in policy circles, and in the animal welfare movement. Yet hundreds of billions of fish are farmed or caught each year for slaughter. We explore how we can define and improve fish welfare by studying their needs, and question if farmed fish or wild caught fish experience more welfare issues.

Our expert special guest this week is Janneke Aelen from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, who fills us in on the future of fish welfare research and how we can achieve better protections for fish. Learn more on our website

Episode #14 : How can the EU tackle the exotic pet trade?

What is the scale of the exotic pet trade in Europe, and how can it be tackled? This week we speak with Eric van Tilburgh, a veterinarian and the Head of the Policy team of the Animal Welfare Division of the Flemish government in Belgium. 

With Belgium as a case study, we explore how a Positive List for species kept as pets can act as an effective solution to regulate the trade in exotic animals, reducing animal suffering and better protecting public health.

Episode #13 : How can animal welfare be improved through trade agreements? 

After the EU and India confirmed they will restart trade negotiations, we discuss how the European Union’s trade agreements can impact animals around the world. 

With MEP Manuela Ripa, member of the INTA Committee on International Trade, we discuss how Free Trade Agreements can impact animal welfare standards, which trade agreements represent opportunities and threats to welfare and sustainable development, and why the EU-India negotiations are extremely important in influencing their fast growing agricultural industry. 

Episode #12 : Why 2021 could be the year we change the future for farmed animals in Europe, with MEP Jytte Guteland

This year, the EU Commission is considering a full review of animal welfare legislation. This presents a huge opportunity to make much needed changes. 

We discuss the current situation for farmed animals in Europe with MEP Jytte Guteland, who explains how lack of species-specific legislation is allowing millions of animals to fall through the cracks of legislation. To learn more about our demands for the legislation fitness check, view our campaign No Animal Left Behind and sign the petition.