Launch of Europe-wide citizenS' initiative to end the use of cages


FOUR PAWS joins the fight to #EndTheCageAge for farm animals across Europe.

The international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS is joining forces with over 100 other animal welfare and environmental organisations throughout the EU to launch the #EndTheCageAgeEuropean Citizens’ Initiative(ECI). This Europe-wide initiative will run for one year, with the ambitious goal of ending the use of cages across the continent.

FOUR PAWS participated in the launch of the flagship event hosted by leading farm animal welfare charity 'Compassion in World Farming’ on September 25th at the European Parliament in Brussels, where an exhibition revealing the reality of life in a cage was shown to MEPs and influential decision makers.

FOUR PAWS will be helping with the collection of one million signatures from EU citizens calling on the European Commission to #EndTheCageAge.

If successful, the ECI will bring about a seismic shift in our food and farming system, with the potential to benefit hundreds of millions of farm animals a year in Europe by sparing them a life of suffering in a cage. This would be a monumental step on the path towards ending factory farming.

Pigs, hens, rabbits, ducks and quail are all kept in cages across the EU. Most cages are barren, cramped and deny the animals space to move freely. They are cruel and completely unnecessary.

"Animals deserve a life free from the cruelty of cages. At the very least, pigs should be able to turn around, hens given the freedom to fly and run and rabbits should have room to hop and jump – basic actions that they are all incapable of carrying out in cages. That’s why we are calling on the European Commission to end this inhumane treatment. By joining forces with so many other supportive organisations, we have the power to End the Cage Age."

Dr Martina Stephany, FOUR PAWS International, Director of Farm Animals and Nutrition 

“This is a unique opportunity for the people of Europe to stand up and show the world that they no longer accept caged farm animal suffering”, stressed Leopoldine Charbonneaux, spokesperson for the End the Cage Age ECI and chair of the citizens’ committee. “We want to see a whole continent taking a stand against cruel caged systems.”

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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.