Campaigns and coordinated actions

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.

CURRENT CAMPAIGNS AND COORDINATED ACTIONS

Wild and domestic animals have carried viruses and bacteria for millennia

What has changed is the way we humans interact with them.

The legal and illegal wildlife trade, urbanisation and the destruction of wildlife’s natural habitats for agricultural purposes, especially for the intensification of animal farming, are combining to push humans, wildlife and other animals closer than ever before, increasing the risk of new pandemics of animal origin.

Rescue centres need your help

COVID-19 is a threat to the survival of thousands of animals in European rescue centres and sanctuaries.

Eurogroup for Animals and its member organisations doing rescue activities have joined forces with the European Alliance of Rescue centres and Sanctuaries (EARS), a network that supports and represents rescue centres and sanctuaries across Europe, enabling them to work together to achieve mutual animal welfare and conservation goals.

Wolves and Humans: a possible coexistence

A Eurogroup for Animals Coordinated European Communication Action

We propose that Eurogroup for Animals’ members join forces to show decision makers that farmers and hunters don’t represent all EU citizens, and the majority of people want to keep the present level of protection.

The silent suffering of fish- a video series

The silent suffering of fish cannot be measured. They experience pain and suffering that we cannot relate to. And this might be the reason why so little has been done so far to improve the situation for fish.

Eurogroup for Animals has created a 5-part video series demonstrating the cruel practices that are standard on most fish farms across Europe. These videos prove that more needs to be done at EU-level to take fish welfare seriously.

PAST CAMPAIGNS AND COORDINATED ACTIONS

#EndtheCageAge

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. 

#EUCareforMyCompanion 

Cats, 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!

#EndPigPain

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.

#StopTheTrucks

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, dehydrationinjuriesdisease, and even death. Not even the old, the weak or the newly born are spared

#ProtectOurPets 

The 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

#ThinkPositive

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.

#VoteforAnimals

Vote for Animals 2019 Campaign put animal welfare at the heart of the European elections in May 2019. This offered the opportunity for MEP candidates to (re) connect with citizens and win votes.

This campaign succeeded in getting in total 1,000 candidates signing our pledge for the animals, 5 times more than in 2014.