Our achievements

44 years

of Eurogroup for Animals


member organisations in Europe and beyond


 signatures collected by the Fur Free Europe ECI network


 signatures collected by the End The Cage Age ECI network


pledges signed in VoteforAnimals2019


signatures to Stop the Trucks


organisations in the EndTheCageAge ECI network


EU and international fora that we participate in

Selected achievements, 1980-2023

  • 2023

    Over 1.7 million EU Citizens call for an end to fur farming through the European Citizens' Initiative Fur Free Europe

  • 2021

    European Commission commits to phase out cages for farmed animals across Europe

  • 2020

    European Court of Justice ruling on the legitimacy of mandatory introduction of pre-slaughter stunning by Member States

  • 2020

    EU Farm to Fork & Biodiversity strategy

  • 2019

    First horizontal Coucil Conclusions on animal welfare

  • 2018

    Animal welfare linked to sustainability in trade by the Commission for the first time

  • 2018

    Animal welfare as a stand-alone chapter in the trade agreement with Mexico

  • 2018

    European Court of Auditors' first ever report assessing the Commission's action in ensuring animal welfare

  • 2017

    Establishment of Union Reference Centers for animal welfare with the Official Control Regulation

  • 2016

    Animal Health Law, with key welfare provisions

  • 2016

    Adoption of the EU Action Plan against wildlife trafficking

  • 2013

    Ban on marketing and testing of cosmetics on animals

  • 2012

    EU strategy on animal welfare

  • 2010

    Alternative methods and 3Rs in the Directive on animals used for scientific purposes

  • 2010

    Council conclusions on cats and dogs

  • 2009

    Regulation on the protection of animals at the time of killing

  • 2009

    The legal obligation under the EU Treaty to consider animals as sentient beings when drafting legislation

  • 2005

    Regulation on the protection of animals during transport

  • 2001

    Ban on sow stalls

  • 1998

    Zoos Directive

  • 1997

    Ban on veal crates

  • 1991

    Adoption of the Pigs Directive, banning routine tail docking of pigs

  • 1991

    Leghold traps prohibited in the EU

  • 1986

    Directive on animal experimentation

  • 1983

    Ban on import of baby seal skins