European Parliament recognises the importance of promoting the welfare of animals in the Garment sector

21.3.2017

FOUR PAWS welcomes the adoption of the Initiative report on the EU Flagship initiative on the garment sector.

The International animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS welcomes today’s adoption of the Initiative report on the EU flagship initiative on the garment sector calling on the Commission to bring forward legislation in the field of the textile and fashion industry and congratulates the rapporteur for this file, Madam Sanchez Caldentey, on her success.

It is well known that the garment sector is still dependent to a large extent on raw materials of animal origin. What is less known is that certain practices allowing the production of these goods imply various degrees of animal suffering. Many sheep face the so-called practice of 'mulesing', which consists of the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin; some geese are plucked alive, wild animals will spend their entire life in small cages, irrespective of their intrinsic needs, etc. In reaction to the growing concern among consumers, governmental bodies, producers, retailers and civil society organisations have together designed high animal welfare standards to be applied in the fashion industry.

"FOUR PAWS is very active working with the fashion industry to define and implement high standards in the garment sector. Today’s vote not only recognises that animals used in fashion can suffer, it also recognises that high animal welfare standards should be the norm in the fashion industry."

Pierre Sultana, Director of the FOUR PAWS European Policy Office in Brussels 

Access to AMENDMENTS - Draft report - EU flagship initiative on the garment sector is available here.

FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler, the organisation advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. FOUR PAWS’ sustainable campaigns and projects focus on companion animals including stray dogs and cats, farm animals and wild animals – such as bears, big cats, orangutans and elephants – kept in inappropriate conditions as well as in disaster and conflict zones. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, the UK, the USA and Vietnam as well as sanctuaries for rescued animals in twelve countries, FOUR PAWS provides rapid help and long-term solutions. www.four-paws.org