Second Eurobarometer on Animal Welfare

15.3.2016

FOUR PAWS urges the Commission to listen to European citizens’ concerns on animal welfare.

A new Eurobarometer on the Attitudes of EU Citizens towards Animal Welfare (Eurobarometer 442) has been published by the EU Commission. This is the second special EU survey on this matter of particular importance for European citizens since March 2007. The main goal of the Eurobarometer is to assess among European citizens how much Animal Welfare matters in their daily lives. 

The last Eurobarometer revealed that Europeans take care of animal welfare, for instance – a majority of the respondents was willing to change their shopping habits in order to make more animal welfare-friendly purchases. The outcomes of the current Eurobarometer proved that Europeans are even more eager to buy animal welfare friendly-products. According to the Eurobarometer, more than 59% of EU citizens mentioned they would be prepared to pay more. But the Eurobarometer also reveals that 47% of respondents consider that the choice of animal welfare-friendly food products in shops and supermarkets is currently not sufficient.

Moreover, for the first time, the Eurobarometer also addressed the question of companion animal welfare and more than 74 % of respondents believe that the welfare of companion animals should be better protected than it is now.

"We appreciate that European citizens are showing a great concern for implementing better animal welfare standards and pushing the EU Commission to take concrete actions so that animals could have better living standards and better legal protection. It is now time for Mr. Juncker and Mr. Timmermans to bring the Commission closer to the citizens, as this was part of their commitment towards the EU. This could start, for example, with the creation of EU-wide Animal Welfare labelling."

Pierre Sultana, Director of the VIER PFOTEN/ FOUR PAWS European Policy Office 

In order to help consumers to make animal welfare choices, VIER PFOTEN/ FOUR PAWS has launched its own voluntary animal welfare label called 'Tierschutz-kontrolliert Gütesiegel’ awarded to products to which good animal welfare standards have been applied during breeding, transport and slaughter.

See the results of the Eurobarometer here:

http://ec.europa.eu/COMMFrontOffice/PublicOpinion/index.cfm/Survey/getSurveyDetail/instruments/SPECIAL/surveyKy/2096

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