End animal torture: Stop cage farming in Europe and via imports!
- politics and law
***action closed*** The email campaign to abolish the caging of animals across Europe has ended. Many thanks to over 100.000 supporters! Your public protest succeeded: The EU commission wants to ban cage farming in Europe. That’s fantastic! But the plan is to adopt the legislative proposal not till 2023, which is far too late! Every day we fail to act is a day when millions of mother sows cannot look after their piglets and chickens and rabbits cannot move around as they need to. A ban on caging is long overdue and the Commission must now take immediate action. We will keep up the pressure and monitor the European trade policy, because proper animal welfare must also be anchored in all trade agreements!
Dear Commissioner Dombrovskis,
Dear President von der Leyen,
Over 300 million farmed animals suffer in cages across Europe. With 1.4 million validated signatures, the European Citizens’ Initiative "End the Cage Age", supported by 170 NGOs, impressively demonstrates the extent to which the public are demanding the protection of farm animals; a demand which is both scientifically and ethically necessary.
By 15 July 2021, the EU Commission will have made their decision whether to start a legislative process to ban caged farming. Several European Commissioners have already spoken out in favour of putting such a legislation in place. However an argument rooted in trade policy, which claims that higher animal welfare standards in the EU would lead to increased cheap imports from outside the EU, is being used as a potential excuse for inaction. This argument is not an obstacle to banning caged farming in the EU. The EU has both the tools and the moral obligation to ensure the improved treatment of animals is safeguarded against cheap imports from third countries.
Border adjustment measures are the tool to make it possible. In accordance with WTO rules, they can put in place the requirement that imports of animal products are made on the same basis of animal welfare standards in place in the EU's internal market. These measures must neither be discriminatory towards third countries nor protectionist, and can be taken on public health, environmental and/or moral grounds. For this purpose, there is already a WTO Model Arbitration Agreement that allows the EU to ban the import of baby seals skins, precisely for moral reasons.
Banning the caging of farm animals, which is part of the commitments of the EU enshrined in Article 13 TFEU, will affect the EU's international trade relations. However, they are not protectionist measures directed against international trade. They are measures which, building on fundamental principles of European primary law as well as moral imperatives, are intended to bring fair treatment of farm animals into line with the EU's external trade policy.
We call on you, Commissioner Dombrovskis and President von der Leyen to make sure that the EU significantly improves the protection of farms animals in the EU while taking the necessary measures regarding trade policy.
- Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commissioner for Trade
- Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
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foodwatch started the petition on 19.05.2021 and ended it on 01.07.2021.