Italy: Shocking New Investigation Reveals Cruelty and Violence Against Pigs at Zema Slaughterhouse – experts in animal welfare note a lack of controls and compliance by the operators at all stages of meat production.

Photo credit – Animal Equality.

Shocking new investigation in Italy: Cruelty and violence against pigs at Zema slaughterhouse

10 June 2021

Animal Equality

10/6/21, Animal Equality Italy released terrible images that demonstrate the multiple violations of animal welfare legislation committed by Zema, a leader in the meat distribution sector in Italy.

The investigation shows acts of brutality committed on pigs inside an industrial slaughterhouse in Lombardy. The footage depicts mistreatments and systematic violations of the rules on animal welfare.

The slaughterhouse is owned by Zema S.R.L., a company in the province of Cremona that has been involved in the slaughtering and processing of pork since 1987, as well as one of the many Made in Italy labels.

Of the more than 800,000 pigs raised per year in the Cremona area, about 150,000 are killed in this slaughterhouse. 

Although the company promotes itself as mindful of animal welfare, the investigation carried out by Animal Equality at its facility shows a very different situation.

The footage shows many mistreatments of the animals, such as:

●     Animals mutilated even before stunning due to ineffective or inefficient methods (some pigs are put on the conveyor belt with their trotters partially detached and mutilated)

●      Animals slaughtered inadequately or while conscious 

●      Multiple animals placed in stunning cages at the same time, in violation of animal welfare rules

●      Animals falling from trucks, pushed by the operators themselves, and an absence of ramps for unloading animals

●      Operators mistreatmenting animals (kicks, blows with rods, animals dragged by the ears or feet), systematic violations and cruelty

●      Operator who repeatedly hits a pig in the head with an iron rod, throwing the animal against a wall and throwing the body of the dying animal over the fence

The analysis of these images by veterinarians and law experts in animal welfare demonstrates a lack of controls and compliance by the operators, at all stages of meat production (from the arrival of the animals to their death).

Although Animal Equality has already filed two complaints with the Prosecutor’s Office and one for misleading advertising to the AGCM against Zema S.R.L. since April 2020, nothing seems to have changed and there has been no feedback from the authorities.

Our investigation has highlighted once again the mistreatment and brutality suffered by the animals involved in the agri-food chain together with the total lack of adequate controls and compliance with the animal welfare laws. We cannot accept that this situation remains unchanged and we will continue to fight so that animal rights are truly protected

Alice Trombetta, director of Animal Equality Italia

Starting from December 2017, Animal Equality has launched a petition addressed to the Ministry of Health and to the Ministry of Agriculture to put an end to a series of systematic cruelties that occur every day in Italian slaughterhouses. The campaign, supported by the findings of investigations conducted in Italian slaughterhouses, has surpassed 200,000 signatures from Italian citizens calling for tighter controls, the installation of surveillance systems such as CCTV, and the mandatory stunning of animals with no exception.

Read more at source

Animal Equality – Cruelty in a slaughterhouse in Cremona

Regards Mark

14/6/21 – Mr Philip Wollen Becomes The First WAV Patron; We Are (More Than) Delighted, and Welcome Him To The Group. – World Animals Voice

Animal transports: It is time for decisions and justice.

Why are there animal transport?

Because the EU gives subsidies to the agricultural industry.
That industry, which is nothing more than the killing machine of the “utility” animals, tries to maximize it profits with the life, with the blood and the suffering of these animals.

Hand to Hand endeavor EU and meat industry the maximum profit at the expense of the animals.

Why does EU allow such animal transport?

Because animals are seen as a commodity.
They are held and fattened where feed and labor costs are cheapest.
Therefore piglets are born in Holland, fattened in Spain and slaughtered in Italy.

And if they are transported as potato sacks in the trucks to the cheapest slaughterhouse over a thousand kilometers, all this does not interest the European Union and the Meat Mafia.
It is just about reaching the highest profits with the suffering of the animals and their death.
It’s all about money.

How many animals are transported per year?

Across Europe about 2,438,306,132 “slaughter” animals are transported.
The most farm animals are transported either by truck or by ship.
The ridiculous EU regulations for animal welfare can practically not be respected.
The clock is ticking, the goods must be delivered on time.
There are as good as no breaks for the animals. Only for the driver.
They suffer from cold or heat, in their feces and urine, they get injuries, they bleed, they cry, but because there are usually no control, then they suffer in their mobile graves and many even die there.

There is no limit in the transport of animals.
They last between 35 hours and 7 days or more.

What can we do?

We need to stop eating meat.
We must stop cooperating with the bloody meat mafia.
We have to stop cooperating with those who kill and torture animals.
We need to abolish the hell of animals in the farms, in the live-transport and in the slaughterhouses.
No eating meat is a political act and a hard blow against the barons of the EU and the meat mafia.

It is time for decisions and for justice.

From Venus, with best regards to all

14/6/21 – Mr Philip Wollen Becomes The First WAV Patron; We Are (More Than) Delighted, and Welcome Him To The Group.

Today, 14/6/21 is a special day for us.

Purely coincidental that we had news through, today, on ‘Ban Live Exports Day’ – where global awareness and demonstrations are focussed towards ending this abhorrent trade in the transportation of live, sentient beings.

Philip Wollen is a Badass Vegan.

And the news is:

We welcome the great campaigner, speaker, writer and all round activist for so many causes, especially animal rights – Mr Philip Wollen, as our first WAV Patron.

Philip kindly responded to our request to be our Patron within a matter of hours, after

Like many of you, our friends and supporters; we have respected and admired so much about Philip over the years; the Ex Vice president of Citibank, who decided to get out of the race and put his money, knowledge and efforts into supporting good causes around the world.

We are delighted to have ‘Phil’ on board with us and welcome him into the World Animals Voice team.  We know this friendship will be effective and long lasting; especially as we as anti export campaigners and animal rights activists; like Phil; still have a lot to say and do with efforts to end this trade and so many other global animal abuses.

So, Philip; Venus and Mark warmly welcome you into our WAV fold, and us being welcomed into yours. 

Here is a link directly into the site run by Philip and his wife Trix, Winsome Constance Kindness :

https://www.kindnesstrust.com/

You can read more about the work of the organisation by clicking on the above link; but here below is a summary of Philip Wollen as written for an introduction transcript for an MC (Master of Ceremonies) at a recent charity event:

Introducing Philip Wollen –

Philip Wollen, at 34 was Vice-President of Citibank. The Financial Press named him in the “Top 40 Brightest and Best” executives in Australia.

During his travels, by age 40 he’d witnessed cruelty so egregious he decided to do all he could to alleviate suffering, and give away everything he owned, with warm hands, and die broke. He jokes “So far, we are right on budget!”

Today, he is a “Venture Capitalist for Good Causes”, supporting some 500 mission-critical projects for children, animals and the environment in 40+ countries. Promoting “Ahimsa” (non -violence) and Veganism is his main interest.

He provides money for  Children, Animals, & the Environment with schools, orphanages, animal protection, shelters, clinics, medicines, biogas plants, ambulances, bore-wells and films; sponsored a married couple (cancer survivors) to run one marathon a day for 366 consecutive days around Australia’s coast, funded marine vessels, whale & seal rescue centres, primate sanctuaries, food, disaster relief, homeless people, victims of domestic violence, scholarships, the arts, health, forests and oceans, undercover anti-poaching operations through his operational “silos”, Kindness Farms, Kindness House, Kindness Oceans, Kindness Kids, Kindness Streets, & Kindness Mobile Restaurants for the Homeless.

Philip awards the annual Kindness Gold Medal & $20,000 Cash Prize to people who have devoted their lives in the service of others. Past recipients include Sir David Attenborough (UK), Dr Professor T. Colin Campbell (USA), Dr Ian Gawler OAM (Australia), Dr Jane Goodall DBE, Smt Maneka Gandhi MP (India), Captain Paul Watson (Canada), Dr Jill Robinson MBE (China), Dr Christine Townend (Australia), Captain Peter Hammarstedt (Sweden), Mr Christopher DeRose (USA), Rev. Dr Andrew Linzey (Oxford), Mr Damien Mander (Zimbabwe), Sri Pradeep Kumar Nath (India), Dr Chinny Krishna (India).

He has delivered speeches in the Parliament in The Hague, the Knesset Parliament in Israel, the European Parliament, the Parliament of World Religions, Universities, & international congresses and has discussed ethics with Presidents, Prime Ministers, Members of Parliament, Nobel Laureates & religious leaders from all the major faiths.

He is the Patron and Ambassador for many international groups; he has written Forewords for books by eminent authors on animal rights, health and ethics. His words have been read by millions around the world and his speeches have gone viral on the internet with over 60 million viewers and independently translated into over 20 languages.

Philip likes to be invisible.

  • The National Australia Day Council wrote: “Essentially a private man, Philip seeks no personal publicity. But he is not afraid to step into the limelight for a just cause”.
  • Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers accurately described him as “Reclusive”.

He has received the following awards:

  • The Order of Australia Medal in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.
  • Australian of the Year (Victoria).
  • Honorary Fellow of the Oxford Centre of Animal Ethics, UK.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Adelaide.
  • Australian Humanitarian Award, Australia
  • Supreme Master Shining World Hero Award, Asia
  • Cottonian of Eminence Award, India
  • Humanitarian Award McKee Project, Costa Rica
  • Sea Shepherd Volunteer of the Decade, Australia
  • The Albert Schweitzer Award, USA
  • The Peter Singer Prize and Medal, Berlin, Germany

So here we are;  ladies and gentlemen; Mr Philip Wollen – Patron of ‘World Animals Voice’. We look forward very much to working with you in the future to end animal suffering.

England: Live Exports – A Message From Phil; CEO At Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) London.

Any photos shown in any of the links are added from WAV archives.

All ofour live export articles can be accessed by visiting:

Live Transport – World Animals Voice

PMAF

Above – PMAF (France)

There is little doubt that the current global live animal export trade which sees millions of animals transported by air, sea or land, is both unethical and cruel, and chilling in its blatant disregard for the welfare of the sentient animals that are transported.

However, there is reason for hope on the horizon.

After decades of campaigning, on 14th April 2021 New Zealand announced in a world first, that it would stop transporting livestock by sea in a phased two-year period. New Zealand’s own ban came after their live exports disaster in September 2020, when a livestock carrier capsized off the coast of Napier, resulting in the deaths of 41 crew members and nearly 6,000 cattle.

In the United Kingdom in May, we saw historic progress for animal welfare with plans for key reforms announced by government, including legal recognition of animal sentience and a ban on live exports. These, and a suite of other measures, were outlined first in the Queen’s Speech and then in a Defra’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare. In total, 40 measures were unveiled covering farmed, wild and companion animals, which together add up to the biggest welfare shake-up in a generation

And only on Tuesday last week, the UK government published its new Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, ushering in the final stage of an end to the cruel trade in live exports. The Bill will legislate to end all exports from Great Britain of cattle (including calves), sheep and pigs for fattening and slaughter.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can’t take to the streets today, but that doesn’t stop us from providing a voice for the millions of animals forced to endure long journeys for slaughter and fattening every year. 

Please join us in calling on the EU Commission to follow the examples set by New Zealand and, more recently, the UK, and implement a ban on the export of live animals for fattening and slaughter https://action.ciwf.org.uk/page/83717/petition/1 .  And please take to Twitter to get #BanLiveExports trending!

Enough is enough. It’s time to ban the evil that is live animal exports!

How you can get involved:-

Please help Compassion in World Farming and use this link to sign our petition to join the call for a future without factory farming

On Monday 14th June, support Ban Live Export International Awareness Day 

– Mark yourself as attending or interested on the Facebook Event page to keep updated and get involved in an action on the day.
– Take part in the global action on Twitter on the 14th of June, using #BanLiveExports

For more information on Ban Live Exports: International Awareness Day, visit: www.stoplivetransport.org

14/6/21 – Today is International Awareness Day to Ban Live Exports. 

14/6/21

Today is International Awareness Day to Ban Live Exports. 

Just have a think about that statement; an ‘Awareness day to BAN live exports’.

As you know, the export of live animals has been one of, if not, our primary issue since its creation.  No doubt many of you all over the world are today joining up with fellow activists who are hell bent on stopping this disgusting business of treating live, sentient beings as just simple goods; putting them basically into the same category as a tin of beans, packet of rice; packed up to be traded anywhere without a single thought for their wellbeing.

Did we not witness the ‘concerns’ of those involved in this trade recently when we witnessed the farce of live animals being shipped from pillar to post around the Med Sea for months on end.

From here in the UK (England)  –  On 8 June 2021 the UK Government introduced the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill to parliament, which introduces a ban on the live export of farmed animals for fattening or slaughter, from or through Great Britain.  This is a huge victory for all the dedicated campaigners, some no longer with us, who fought so hard for the rights of animals in this specific environment.  We now look forward to the Bill being passed in both houses and the live export trade being stopped from the UK, or the UK being used as a ‘land bridge’ (for animals travelling from Ireland to mainland EU.  Irish animals will no longer be able to suffer on English roads as part of their journey to their deaths.

The Bill still needs to work its way through Parliament before it becomes law. We hope this will be completed before end 2021.

Also, despite this positive movement regarding live animal transport in the UK; we MUST NOT forget all the animals that are suffering at this very moment whilst undergoing live transport; be it on the roads of Europe, or on ships travelling from South America to the EU, or from the EU (places such as Romania) to the Middle East; where they will be slaughtered without even the ‘basics’ such as stunning.

It is our job as activists never to forget the suffering of live transport – yesterday, today and tomorrow.  So, the fight is anything but over; and as such we will give you some links in the following to allow you to continue with your fight.

By pure coincidence, this day, the bBan Live Exports Day, we will have some great (live export campaign based) news to share with you all.  We will be publishing a special post on this in the next few hours.

Regards from Mark and Venus.

Above – Anti export campaigners in NEPAL

Below – SLOVAKIA

Links:

Animals Australia – for a kinder woeld:

https://www.animalsaustralia.org/

PeTA – Help end the hideously cruel live export trade:

https://secure.peta.org.uk/page/34699/action/1

 

EU trade and transport of live animals:

Animal Welfare Foundation – We demand an end for cruel live transports by road and sea

https://www.animal-welfare-foundation.org/en/projects/animal-transport/live-exports-by-road

Animals Angels – Stop Live Transport:

https://www.animals-angels.de/en/

Eyes on Animals – watching out for their welfare:

https://www.eyesonanimals.com/

Urge the Scottish Government to work with the UK Government and the Welsh Government to deliver a ban across the whole of Great Britain at the same time, and as soon as possible.

Petition – Ban live exports (e-activist.com)

On 14 June 2021, campaigners all over the world will unite for the sixth annual International Awareness Day to Ban Live Exports. Please join us online, and speak out against the cruel, global live exports trade. Find out more, and register to take part

Please join us online, and speak out against the cruel, global live exports trade. Find out more, and register to take part.

Last year’s story

In June 2020, for the first time, Ban Live Exports: International Awareness Day went completely ‘virtual’, and thousands of campaigners reached out across countries and continents, making their voices heard despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here’s what we achieved, together:

  • Over 103,000 #BanLiveExports tweets in 36 countries, viewed 31 million times.
  • Over 32,600 emails to the Scottish Government demanding #JusticeForCalves – all sent in just two weeks.
  • Almost 9,000 tweets demanding #JusticeForCalves, including 3,100 to the Scottish Government and thousands more from campaigners spreading the word.
  • Selfies with the calf filter on Facebook and Instagram were viewed nearly 40,000 times.
  • High profile support from a whole host of Compassion heroes, including Peter Egan, Emma Milne, Deborah Meaden, Joanna Lumley, James Greenwood, Marc Abraham, Jerome Flynn, Kate Ford, Mike Beckingham, Carley Stenson and Liz Earle.
  • National media coverage of our Judicial Review in The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times, Closer magazine, The London Economic and more, taking our message to millions of readers.

For more information and resources, please visit stoplivetransport.org.

SAFE, New Zealand:

Ban Live Exports International Awareness Day Marred As Live Export Ships Make Their Way To Aotearoa

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO2106/S00112/ban-live-exports-international-awareness-day-marred-as-live-export-ships-make-their-way-to-aotearoa.htm

Ban Live Exports International Awareness Day

https://stoplivetransport.org/

Viva ! England – International Live Export Awareness Day:

Animal Aid England – Ban Live Exports 2021 – International Awareness Day:

From our friends at OIPA in Italy:

BAN LIVE EXPORTS INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS DAY. THIS CRUEL PRACTISE MUST END: ANIMALS ARE SENTIENT BEINGS

https://www.oipa.org/international/ban-live-exports-awareness-day-2021/

How to stop live animal export:

What countries have, or are, banning live exports:

A few photos of SOME pof the recent global demos calling for an end to live animal transport:

Above – ROMANIA

Above – SOUTH KOREA

Above – SPAIN

Above – ITALY

Above – AUSTRIA

Above – PORTUGAL

Vegan wings frequently sell out at Wing King, one of the top chicken restaurants in the U. S.

Hi all; nothing much today as we have been working much on another issue – maybe we will have some news in the near future; so …../.

Vegan Wings Make Up 40% Of Top Chicken Restaurant’s Sales

Vegan Wings Make Up 40% of Top Chicken Restaurant's Sales
Wing King says its vegan chicken is ‘immensely popular’ Credit: Vegans, Baby

Vegan wings frequently sell out at Wing King, one of the top chicken restaurants in the U.S.

Popular chicken eatery Wing King says that up to 40 percent of its business comes from vegan chicken wing sales. Wing King was named one of the best wing restaurants in Las Vegas. Thrillist ranked it in the top 20 in the United States.

The rising cost of processing chicken meat motivated Wing King to look for new ways to draw in customers. The company now offers non-GMO, soy-based vegan wings in flavors like hot Buffalo, Cajun, garlic, and lemon pepper.

The plant-based wings even include a bamboo ‘bone’ to make them more realistic. They are fried in separate oil to the meat-based version to avoid cross-contamination. On its Instagram account, Wing King said the vegan wings are ‘immensely popular’ and often sell out.

Wing King also offers vegan pizza with dairy-free cheese and Beyond Meat burgers.Chef Brian Peace spoke to KTNV Las Vegas about the restaurant’s menu. He revealed that vegan wings make up 35 to 40 percent of his business. “We are not like other wing restaurants,” he said.

Peace added that he relies on the profit margins of these options, as well as CBD-infused wings, to make up for the money he’s losing on chicken. “Without it, I don’t know if we would be in business,” he said.

Vegan Wings Make Up 40% Of Top Chicken Restaurant’s Sales | Plant Based News

Turkey adopts new animal welfare law – a step forward

In the coming days, a long-awaited animal rights bill will be presented to the Turkish parliament, calling for prison sentences for anyone who kills, abuses or tortures animals.

The final bill was submitted to the ruling Justice and Development Party (President Recep Tayyip Erdogan AKP) on June 8th, 2021, and is expected to come into force on July 1st, 2021.

With the aim of curbing the incidents of violence against animals, some of which have even made headlines in recent years, the expected law will define animals as “living beings” and not as “goods” as under current law.

In the new law, which is supposed to take into account the requirements of current values, citizens and NGOs, the name will initially be changed. It is planned to rename the previous “Animal Welfare Act” to “Animal Rights Act”.
A specially trained animal police are to be used.

A man sits with cats on a street in Istanbul, Turkey, January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Should the law pass, imprisonment for crimes against animals will range from six months to four years, which is long enough to effectively block opportunities for a person to be released on bail or converted into a fine.

In addition to imprisonment for the sexual abuse of animals, a judicial sentence of at least 100 days is imposed.

Continue reading “Turkey adopts new animal welfare law – a step forward”

EU: All Products Placed on the EU Market – Including Imported Ones – Must Comply With Future Cage-Free Standards.

End the Cage Age Deutschland & Österreich (@Keine_Kaefige) | Twitter

WAV Comment:  We all want to see all farm animals liberated from their prisons over the next few days – of course we do; that is us.  But we have to accept that this wonderful news is a vote from people that can press for change, and that will happen now.

Changes like this, sadly, do not come overnight.  Production methods of farming throughout the EU have to change for the better; a phase out period has to be introduced to allow the farming community to change and get the old cages where they have always belonged; on the scrap heap or passed into the hands of the scrap metal dealer.

This is monumentous news for the citizens of the EU.  They have demanded that their parliament; elected by them, the people; undertake change to give them what they require – a cage free system for animals in the EU.

Take time out today and think what a huge chage started in the EU Parliament yesterday. Even better is the requirement that all products placed on the EU market  – including imported ones – must comply with future cage-free standards

The world is beng sent a message; go cage free or we don’t want you.  A good day for animals in the EU; the start of major change.

Regards Mark

European Parliament urges to ban the caging of farmed animals!

10 June 2021

The EU moved closer to ending the cage age today, with the European Parliament urging the European Commission to ban the use of cages in animal farming by 2027.

The EU Parliament passed a resolution on the End the Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with an overwhelming majority, with 558 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in favour to 37 against, and 85 abstentions. 

The resolution urges the Commission to revise the outdated EU Directive on farmed animals in order to phase out cruel cage systems in animal farming. This will prevent more than 300 million farm animals – like hens, pigs and rabbits – from being kept in cramped cages every year.

It also emphasises that all products placed on the EU market – including imported ones – must comply with future cage-free standards. 

Additionally, the resolution stresses the need to provide adequate incentives and financial programmes to support farmers through the transition to cage-free systems. 

Today the European Parliament showed a groundswell of support to end the barbaric cage systems in animal farming. EU citizens, scientists, companies and now also democratic representatives want to end the animal farming dark ages. Now it’s up to the European Commission to make these voices heard, not only to relieve the suffering of billions of animals but also to honour the EU’s democracy and civilisation. We count on a positive decision.

Reineke Hameleers

In addition, the EU Parliament called on the Commission to “put forward proposals to ban the cruel and unnecessary force-feeding of ducks and geese for the production of foie gras.” 

MEPs also pushed the Commission to speed up the review of the EU animal welfare legislation, asking for it to be completed by 2022 instead of 2023, as currently planned. This can ensure that the ban on cages in animal farming will be introduced within the mandate of the current Commission, which will leave office in 2024.

MEPs endorse EU citizens’ call for gradual end to caged farming

Press Releases

Yesterday 

  • Alternatives to cage farming exist and should be encouraged
  • Ban to be based on impact assessment and species-by-species approach
  • Transition period and proper support for farmers and livestock breeders
  • Full compliance of imported animal products with EU rules on cage-free farming

Caged animal farming could be phased out in the European Union by 2027, say MEPs.

In their response to the “End the Cage Age” European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), MEPs asked the EU Commission to come up with legislative proposals to ban caged farming in the EU, possibly already by 2027, following an appropriate transition period and after a solid scientific impact assessment has been carried out. The resolution to this end was adopted on Thursday with 558 votes in favour to 37 against, and 85 abstentions.

Alternatives to cage farming exist and are being successfully implemented in a number of member states, MEPs say. These alternative systems should be further improved and encouraged at member state level, but to ensure a level-playing field for farmers across the European Union, MEPs agreed EU legislation is needed.

Species-by-species approach and properly funded transition

The gradual end of the use of cages should be based on a species-by-species approach that would take into account the characteristics of different animals and ensure that they all have housing systems that suit their specific needs, MEPs say. Before any legislative changes are made, farmers and livestock breeders must be given a sufficiently long transition period and proper support. This could include adequate advisory and training services, incentives and financial programmes to avoid farmers losing their competitive edge and prevent the relocation of EU agricultural production to places where animal welfare standards are lower than in the EU.

MEPs also call for a more comprehensive food policy to support the shift towards a more sustainable food system, but also to prevent small and medium-sized farms from abandoning livestock production and stop its further concentration in the hands of a few large farms.

Same standards for all imported products

A fair trade policy that ensures a level playing field is a precondition for higher European standards, the Parliament says. The Commission and member states should therefore focus more on putting effective controls and customs checks in place to ensure that imported agri-food products meet EU animal welfare standards.

MEPs want all animal products imported into the EU to be produced in full compliance with relevant EU legislation, including the use of cage-free farming systems. They insist existing trade deals should be re-evaluated to ensure that the same animal welfare and product quality standards are met. They also call on the Commission to promote animal welfare internationally.

Ban on unnecessary force-feeding of ducks and geese

MEPs also call on the Commission to come up with a proposal to ban the cruel and unnecessary force-feeding of ducks and geese for the production of foie gras.

Background

The “End the Cage Age” European Citizens’ Initiative was registered with the EU Commission on 5 September 2018. By the time it was submitted, the initiative had gathered support from almost 1.4 million signatories from across the EU, with the required threshold for signatures met in 18 member states. MEPs debated the citizens’ initiative together with its organisers, Commissioners and representatives of other EU bodies during a public hearing on 15 April.

MEPs endorse EU citizens’ call for gradual end to caged farming | News | European Parliament (europa.eu)

Regards Mark

EU: Parliament Votes To Make Cages for All Farmed Animals Illegal Across the European Union by 2027. Major, Major Victory for the EU Citizen !

End the Cage Age Deutschland & Österreich (@Keine_Kaefige) | Twitter

Today, on 10 June 2021, the European Parliament urged the European Commission to make cages for farmed animals illegal across the European Union by 2027, adopting a resolution on the ‘End the Cage Age‘ European Citizens’ Initiative.

The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority, with 558 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in favour to 37 against and 85 abstentions. It urges the Commission to revise the outdated EU directive on farmed animals, Directive 98/58/EC, in order to phase out cruel cage systems.

In the EU, at present, laying hens and rabbits are confined to spaces about the size of an A4 sheet of paper. Adult female pigs have to spend nearly half of every year inside crates, in which they cannot even turn around. Calves, geese and quail are also caged, preventing them from performing basic natural behaviours.

Parliamentarians agreed on the need to end these practices. They also highlighted the need to ensure that all products placed on the EU market – including imported ones – comply with future cage-free standards. They stressed the need to provide adequate incentives and financial programmes to support farmers through the transition.

In addition, the EU Parliament called on the Commission to “put forward proposals to ban the cruel and unnecessary force-feeding of ducks and geese for the production of foie gras.”

Parliamentarians also pushed the Commission to speed up its review of the EU’s animal welfare legislation, asking for this to be completed by 2022 instead of late 2023 as currently planned. This would help ensure that the ban is introduced within the mandate of the current Commission, which will leave office in 2024.

In today’s morning session, the Parliament also debated the resolution, with an extraordinary number of 45 MEPs taking the floor. The debate was attended by Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, who expressed support for the ‘End the Cage Age’ Initiative. She stated that the Commission’s commitment to improve the welfare of animals “does remain a moral, a health and an economic imperative.” “And for me, it is a personal commitment to strive for change,” she added.

Earlier, during a Parliament hearing in April, EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski highlighted that the Commission promises to work intensively to end the cage age — a clear indication that a proposal is in the making.

The Commission is expected to announce what steps it will take regarding the issue on 30 June this year.

Commenting on today’s resolution, Olga Kikou, Head of Compassion in World Farming EU and one of the citizens leading the ‘End the Cage Age’ European Citizens’ Initiative, said: “Citizens have been waiting for years to see the cages ban materialise. We are delighted that the European Parliament has taken a firm stance against cages. The time has come now for politicians to put words into action. From today on, the ball is in the Commission’s court. We expect nothing short of an ambitious timetable for ending the use of these outdated torture instruments called cages. Once this happens, the EU could truly claim global leadership in animal welfare.”

MEP Anja Hazekamp, Co-chair of the MEP working group on cage-free farming, added: “Hundreds of millions of animals are locked up in cages for farming purposes in Europe every year. They live under horrible conditions, without any chance to exercise their natural behaviour. After the successful citizens’ initiative, signed by 1.4 million citizens, the European Parliament now joins the widely supported call to free animals from their cages. The Left emphasizes that a legislative proposal must now be put forward without delay. All animal-cages in Europe must disappear at the latest by 2027.”

When animals are concentrated in large numbers in confined spaces, they do not experience a life worth living. There is a great deal of scientific evidence that farmed animals suffer in cages, yet every year in the EU over 300 million still spend all or part of their lives in cages, pens or stalls.

The ‘End the Cage Age’ European Citizens’ Initiative was signed by 1.4 million people across Europe and is only the sixth successful Initiative since the EU launched this democracy tool ten years ago. It is the very first successful Initiative for farmed animals.

The Initiative is also supported by over 170 organisations, a group of cross-party Members of the European Parliament, the European Committee of the Regions, a group of over 140 scientists, representatives of the business community, organisations campaigning for environmental protection, health and farming, as well as veterinary students and vets.

Overwhelming support by EU Parliament for ban on cages for farmed animals | Compassion in World Farming (ciwf.eu)

The EU citizen has spoken;

now they want action;

Regards Mark

More to come on this very soon – a wonderful result !