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Reforming animal Welfare legislation

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over 1.7 million EU citizens say no to fur farming


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is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Our vision is a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding.

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We work to ensure that companion animals, farm animals and wild animals are legally protected from exploitation and abuse. 

We collaborate with policy makers and stakeholders in the EU to prevent illegal trade and other cruel commercial activities in both pets and wildlife, as well as to improve the lives of farm animals suffering in intensive farming systems and live transport.

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Industrial farming to be given another free pass: Cattle farming excluded from IED

The European co-legislators’ provisional agreement would see the exclusion of cattle farming from the pollution prevention rules of the law, making it impossible for it to achieve the intended results. 


Long overdue: New Eurobarometer figures show staggering support for stronger EU animal welfare legislation

The Eurobarometer results only solidify and emphasise the absolute urgency to implement and ensure a higher level of animal welfare. 

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Fur Free Europe ECI receives European Parliament hearing

The European Citizens Initiative to outlaw fur farming across all EU Member States receives overwhelming support from three European Parliamentary key committees

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Animal welfare organisations demand promises to be kept on new EU laws

A demonstration outside the European Commission's headquarters saw speeches from key organisations MEPs urging the commission for stronger action

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European Commission rows back on timeline of Animal Welfare reforms

The European Commission set to miss deadline to honour European Citizens' Initiative to End the Cage Age


State of the Union 2023: Ursula von der Leyen’s forgotten Animal Welfare pledge

FOUR PAWS notes that commitments to improving animal welfare, in-line with the Commission's own plans, were conspicuous by their absence. Were all the promises empty talk? 

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Why imports should be included in EU animal welfare legislation

As the European Commission prepares new laws to improve animal welfare across the bloc, it must not forget the key to a successful and smooth transition: making sure that the rules apply to imported products.

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Live Animal Transport: Different rules for different species

Currently, EU rules on the protection of animals during transport look the same for both farm and wild animals. Here's why we need to change this.

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