On 7th July 2017, at the conference ‘The CAP: Have Your Say’ in Brussels, members of civil society, industry and decision-makers gathered to discuss the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). FOUR PAWS and Eurogroup for Animals represented the voice of animal welfare advocates, underlining the need to ensure that animal welfare was included in the discussions.
Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, presented the results of the public consultation based on over 322,000 contributions from all EU Member States. The views of EU citizens and stakeholders were gathered to identify the challenges and the priorities for the future CAP at the EU level. According to the results, animal welfare constitutes a major challenge. Although Commissioner Hogan expressed the need for “fresh money for fresh initiatives”, animal welfare was not mentioned throughout the conference.
"The results of the public consultation clearly reveal that citizens are highly concerned with animal welfare and the EU Commission should therefore include this element in its decision-making. The intensive husbandry system should be adapted and include more sustainability and animal welfare standards."
Pierre Sultana, Director of the FOUR PAWS European Policy Office
"Today’s CAP has been successful in sustaining European agriculture, but has, along with global trends and competition within the agricultural market, encouraged the intensification of animal production at the expense of animal welfare. With this recent public consultation, citizens and organisations across Europe have expressed the need for a future CAP to deliver its objective of promoting animal welfare. The Commission should take stock of public opinion to re-think the current CAP system that significantly improves animal welfare."
Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals
FOUR PAWS insists on the urgent necessity and importance of maintaining good husbandry. Animal welfare practices need to benefit both animals and farmers. In this respect, the EU Commission needs to recognise this and include improved animal welfare standards in the CAP, as this concern has clearly been displayed through the results of the public consultation.
FOUR PAWS is an international animal welfare organisation with headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Founded by Heli Dungler in 1988, the organisation strives to help animals in need with sustainable campaigns and projects. The work is based on substantiated research and scientific expertise as well as intensive national and international lobbying. FOUR PAWS focuses on animals that are directly under human influence: stray dogs and stray cats, farm animals, companion animals and wild animals including bears, big cats and orang-utans kept in inappropriate conditions. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam, FOUR PAWS aims to help animals in need directly and quickly. www.four-paws.org