Demand better in the 2024 EU elections! Vote for Animals asks candidates of the 2024 European Parliament elections to make a pledge for animal welfare, promising to promote 10 key commitments for animals in the next legislative cycle.
This means we have the best chance to pass progressive legislation for animals in the next European Parliament.
Citizens can send a message to their local candidates asking them to make the pledge and show they’ve listened to the millions of EU citizens who want the EU to do more to protect animals.
European Citizens' Initiative Fur Free Europe
Calling on the European Union to:
- Ban fur farms
- Ban farmed fur products from the European market
Fur Free Europe closed it's signature collection phase on 1 March 2023 with 1,701,892 signatures. The Member States validated 1,502,319 signatures on 14 June 2023.
The European Commission published an official response on 7 December 2023, proposing a possible prohibition of fur farming pending an evaluation of the EFSA.
Europe’s animal welfare laws were introduced piece by piece over the last 40 years, but they are rarely enforced correctly, and there are serious gaps that leave millions of animals unprotected.
Farmed animal welfare laws must do more than protect every animal from neglect and cruelty, and minimise their suffering; they should actively promote a positive state of health and wellbeing.
PAST CAMPAIGNS AND COORDINATED ACTIONS
2022 - Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics
This European Citizen's Initiative called for a commitment to a Europe without animal testing. It achieved 1.2 million validated signatures.
2021 - Stop Circus Suffering
Wild animals in circuses are destined to a life of physical abuse and mental torture. Only an EU-wide harmonised and full ban can guarantee a coherent and effective solution.
2020 - Stop Pandemics, Start Here
Launched to influence the EU Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies, stressing how respect for animals and their habitats is integral to human health and welfare.
2019 - Vote for Animals
This campaign offered MEP candidates the opportunity to connect with citizens and win votes by pledging to put animal welfare at the heart of the European elections.
2019 - End the Cage Age
Gathering over 1.3 million signatures, this European Citizens’ Initiative resulted in a commitment to end cage farming from the European Commission in June 2021.
2018 - EU Care for my Companion
We called on the European Commission to better protect companion animals, who have no legislation to protect them as it remains a competence of the Member States.
2018 - End Pig Pain
Highlighting the often illegal and unnecessarily painful procedures that pigs across the EU routinely endure, the campaign aimed to bring an end to these cruel practices.
2017 - Stop the Trucks
Eurogroup for Animals and its members called to replace the transportation of live animals with transportation of carcasses of meat, through the revision of Transport Regulation (1/2005).
2015 - Protect our Pets
Our campaign aimed to stop the illegal pet trade, where animals are trafficked across Europe for commercial gain and with no regard for their welfare.