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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 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