We set in motion major pan-European campaigns and petitions to garner public support for animal welfare issues, as well as taking an active part in or supporting those organised by our Member Organisations and other third parties.
Our coordinated actions, smaller in scale but no less effective, allow us to work together with our Member Organisations to maximise the visibility and impact of particular issues in a timely and coordinated way.
In Europe hundreds of millions of animals spend their entire life in a cage. Cages keep animals isolated, or tightly packed in confined areas and prevent them from expressing their natural behaviours.
End the Cage Age is a European Citizens' Initiative aiming to eliminate all of these cages and giving pigs, hens, meat rabbits, ducks and quail a better life. The time has come for this generation to stand up and End the Cage Age.
#EUCareforMyCompanionCats, dogs and equines play an integral role in human society. They have been making us happier and healthier for more than 10,000 years. However, they are invisible at EU level: the legislation doesn’t protect them as it remains a competence of the Member States. We need the EU legislator to give better protection to our furry friends! Post your selfie with your companion animal and add the relevant hashtag #EUCare4MyDog, #EUCare4MyCat, #EUCare4MyHorse, #EUCare4MyDonkey!
Millions of European piglets are painfully castrated, have their tails cut or burned off, and their teeth clipped or ground away. This is done to to avoid the risk of boar taint and to control behaviour, particularly in intensive farming systems, where pigs are often kept in barren and overcrowded conditions. With the help of 1 Million citizens, we are asking agricultural ministers to support a EU-ban on surgical castration by 2024 and to enforce EU legislationto stop the routine tail docking and tooth clipping of all piglets.
Each year, at least 1 billion live poultry and 37 million live cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and equines are transported over long distances within the EU and to third countries.
Their journey can last several days, often covering thousands of kilometres, exposing them to exhaustion, dehydration, injuries, disease, and even death. Not even the old, the weak or the newly born are spared
#ProtectOurPetsThe illegal pet trade severely impacts upon the health and welfare of the animals involved. Many are born in inhumane circumstances, socialised poorly and transported great distances, often at the risk of disease. Once purchased, often online, their unsuspecting owners are regularly left heartbroken when things go wrong
Over recent years there has been a growing trend towards keeping exotic animals instead of traditional pets, placing the EU as a top importer of tropical fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. There are more than 200 million pets in Europe, including mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. However, many species, especially exotic animals, are unsuited to a life in captivity.