On 25.09, the launch of the EU Citizens’ Initiative for the End of Cages in Agriculture took place in the EU Parliament in Brussels
More than 130 organizations met in Brussels last Tuesday to launch the EU’s End the Cage Age campaign. The campaign was launched by the international organization Compassion in World Farming (CiWF).
In addition to several MEPs from different countries and beyond the political spectrum, two Vice-Presidents of the EU Parliament also pledged their support. The aim of the initiative is to end caging of animals in agriculture in the long term and throughout Europe.
300 million caged animals
Within the EU, more than 300 million animals are kept in cages at any one time. Particularly affected is the laying of chickens in egg production. Even the “designed cages”, that are currently still allowed in Austria, can by no means even enable the least species-humanely life. By 2020, these cages will be banned in Austria, but large quantities of caged eggs are still imported from other EU countries.
“That’s why animal welfare cooperation is so important within the EU. Individual countries should and must promote animal welfare within their borders – but international cooperation to protect animals should not be forgotten, “said VGT (Association against animal factories) campaign manager Tobias Giesinger, who also attended the launch event.
Cage stand in the criticism
In addition to egg production, the crates in waiting stalls and farrowing pens in the pig industry are also criticized. Although there have been small reforms in Austria in recent years, animal welfare can not end there. “Animal husbandry, which mothers must lock away from their children, should urgently be completely reformed. Systematically locking animals into body-sized cages should not be a solution, “says activist Lena Remich, who was part of the VGT delegation in Brussels.
EU-wide support to the population
The EU Citizens’ Initiative must now collect at least one million signatures in seven EU countries within one year. The goal of the organizers, however, is higher: at least two million signatures should be. The support of the population seems to be great. Surveys show that 94% of Europeans consider the protection of animals in agriculture important and that 84% want improvements and reforms to protect these animals.
MEP Stefan Eck stated: “I have a dream of a world without these barriers, without cages. Today is a symbol of hope.”
The initiative can be signed here: END THE CAGE AGE
Comment: We all have the dream and hope for a world without caged slaves.
In May 2019 are the EU elections. Now is the right time to put pressure on these useless officials.
My best regards to all, Venus