EU: We are getting new animal welfare laws at EU level for the first time in over a decade.  You are Invited to Contribute Responses.




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Making new EU animal welfare law: you can help

10 July 2020


Important news!

We are getting new animal welfare laws at EU level for the first time in over a decade. 

Through it’s ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy, the European Commission has committed to a revision of the laws on live animal transport (Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005) and slaughter (Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009. And, the Commission will review all of the existing law relating to animal welfare at EU level and broaden its scope, so we may see other new legislation too. 


CIWF Trucking hell

Picture – CIWF


Fitness check

Before starting on such new legislation, the Commission evaluates whether current EU laws are delivering on their objectives in the best way possible. This means conducting a ‘fitness check’ on the current law in the area of animal welfare.


This fitness check is taking place now!

Until 31 July 2020, the Commission is asking for the views of organisations and citizens as to the roadmap of the fitness check. This means that they will design what the fitness check looks at in terms of animal welfare law at EU level. It is important to provide evidence on all laws that are not working properly -or the absence thereof-  so as to make sure animals will be better protected in the future.


We need your help!


Please use the brief to enter your input into the consultations. Draw on all of your (organisation’s) experience from real world examples of where EU legislation on animal welfare is simply not up to scratch!

This is the start of a long process, but finally we are getting new law at EU level again, and this will have a massive impact on billions of lives of animals.


For questions, please contact   Joe Moran and Ines Grenho Ajuda.



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Photo – Val Cameron

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