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Why do fast-growing broiler chicken breeds need to be phased out?

Sickness. Exhaustion. Starvation. Broiler chickens commonly face all of these problems on factory farms, as the way in which they are bred results in a string of health issues that have a major impact on their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. From the immense pressure their rapid growth puts…

New EFSA scientific opinion on the protection of cats and dogs in commercial breeding establishments

The new opinion “Scientific and technical assistance on welfare aspects related to housing and health of cats and dogs in commercial breeding establishments” focuses on three aspects; housing, health and painful surgical procedures. EFSA came to the following conclusions:Housing Evidence supports…

Mass pig culling continues in Italy amid African swine fever crisis

We think it is essential to show images that show that, in the face of all the failings of the health authorities and our institutions, in a period of time in which public money has been spent on inadequate measures and biosecurity has not been sufficiently stringent, it is the tens of thousands of pigs…

Citizens’ initiative to ban fur farming in Finland breaks records

Turkistarhaus historiaan (consign fur farming to history) calls for a law to ban fur farming in Finland within a reasonable transition period, in addition to rolling out a support system for fur farmers to ensure a fair transition for all.Finnish citizens’ initiatives have 6 months in which to gather…

Nightmare for animals at the largest egg producer in the European Union

A documented investigation by Anima International at Fermy Drobiu Woźniak, in Poland, has revealed serious welfare issues and irregularities, including injured and sick hens left without treatment and dying in cages. Almost one million hens in cages and tens of thousands in barns are reared on this…

Wolves in the EU at risk of having protection downgraded

In light of “conflicts with local farming and hunting communities”, The European Commission issued a press release stating that they will collect data until 22 September 2023 on wolf populations and their impacts. This will inform their decision on proposing to downgrade the conservation status of…

Cage enrichment on fur farms is not a viable option

The report, which provides an overview of the current standards of housing of animals farmed for fur also examines the scientific evidence on the possibility of meeting the welfare needs of these species, either through enrichment/enlargement of cage systems or development of alternative housing systems.It…

Scottish Government plans to ban use of snares

Snares are archaic traps used, in Scotland, primarily to protect birds such as grouse and pheasants from foxes, so there is a surplus of these birds for people to shoot for 'leisure’. However, snares often trap, injure and kill a wide range of non-target species including deer, badgers, lambs and even…

Proefdiervrij stresses importance of realistic transition to animal-free innovation

Thanks to the citizens' initiative, the development of animal-free methods has finally gotten the attention of the European Commission. But if we point the finger at each other, we run the risk that the European Commission will push the issue aside again. It is especially important now to act together…

‘Every cat’s life matters’ – new campaign highlights suffering of street cats in Germany

“The scale of the problem has still not reached the public and political decision-makers. street cats suffer in secret, their life is painful and short. In order to break the vicious circle of uncontrolled reproduction and stop the suffering, there is an urgent need for a nationwide regulation for…

Launch of Animais de Rua’s new Trap-Neuter-Return manual

Coexistence between people and cats has not always been peaceful. Most developed countries promote neutering campaigns in compliance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).There is not single intervention that will work for all situations…

New study reveals 4.2 million animals used in just three test categories for REACH – and numbers are still rising

Read the full study here.The  Registration,  Evaluation,  Authorisation  and  Restriction  of  Chemicals (REACH) Regulation (EC 1907/2006), which came into force across Europe 16 years ago, is the most important piece of EU legislation to protect human health and the environment from the risks…

Have you met Asociatia Toto si Pufi?

Asociatia Toto si Pufi was originally founded to provide dog-assisted therapy and activities for children and seniors.  We also focus on animal rights, emergency rescue, adoptions, communication and public education.  We work with several organisations, groups, volunteers and partners: together we…

World Federation for Animals champions animal welfare for sustainable development

In a significant step backwards, the HLPF removed an explicit reference to the One Health approach for pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response strategies, which had been included in an earlier draft. The One Health approach recognises the interconnectedness of the health and well-being of people…

European Commission backs phase-out of animal use in experiments and chemicals tests but ignores citizens’ wishes on cosmetics

While campaigners welcome the plan to ultimately eliminate animal testing for chemicals and the longer-term proposals to reduce and phase out the use of animals in research and education, outrageously, the Commission ignored citizens’ calls to uphold the ban on animal testing for cosmetics, a ban established…

The second worst animal welfare problem in Europe? Here’s what’s really happening to dairy cows

The stats listed below are from our 2021 No Animal Left Behind report.Across factory farms in the EU, dairy cows commonly suffer from two major challenges: Lameness, which hinders their movements and increases their susceptibility to mastitis and other metabolic disorders. There hasn’t  been a meaningful …

Launch of Europe’s first virtual zoo

Several million wild animals are kept in captivity in the 10,000 zoos currently counted around the world. Locked up in enclosures infinitely smaller than their natural habitat, in artificial environments that have little to do with their original savannah or forest, the animals suffer. Many of them…

Making animals count in the Spanish elections

Following disappointing results for the leading Spanish Socialist party (PSOE) in the May local elections, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called snap elections for the end of July. The Popular Party (PP) under Alberto Núñez Feijóo have their eye on victory, but neither the PP nor PSOE are projected…

Injecting animal welfare in renewed EU-Latin American trade relationships

During the conference, a wide range of speakers from the EU and South America agreed that the EU-Mercosur deal is toxic for indigenous people, workers, the environment and animals, and that the proposed additional protocol offers nothing more than cosmetic, unenforceable adjustments. Furthermore, the…

GAIA welcomes new animal welfare revision, but notes shortfalls

In addition to all the existing bans on slaughter without stunning, wild animals in circuses, fur farming, street horse racing, force-feeding for foie gras production, rabbits in individual battery cages and compulsory sterilisation of cats, as well as other regulations, the Flemish Animal Welfare Code…

Industrial animal farming can continue polluting as the European Parliament waters down emissions directive

The Industrial Emissions Directive controls emissions from the largest industrial installations in the EU, including a small number of the largest pig and poultry farms. Any installation controlled by the IED is forced to reduce emissions into air, water and soil and needs a permit to operate. With the…

Don’t believe the rumours: chicken meat is FAR from sustainable

You’ve probably heard the arguments before. White meat ‘isn’t that bad’ for the planet. Farming chickens is ‘sustainable’. These kinds of claims are commonly touted by industry players who are interested in ensuring the broiler chicken industry continues to grow in Europe and beyond amid…

European Parliament to vote on two major climate and nature laws this July

Find out below why these laws are so important, what impact these two plenary votes could have and what we, along with some of our members, have to say about them. What is the Industrial Emissions Directive? The Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) has been designed to stop and/or control industrial…

Companion animals and the fight against domestic violence

Following the adoption in March 2022 by the European Commission of a  legislative proposal to enshrine minimum standards in EU law on the criminalisation of certain forms of domestic and gender-based violence, to improve access to justice, protection and support for victims, to ensure coordination between…

Huge win!: Denmark agrees to phase out fast-growing broiler chickens

This landmark move will significantly improve the welfare of the nation’s broiler chickens. Fast-growing broilers cannot live a good life, as due to their fast-growing nature, they suffer from a range of problems from the moment they are born - from injuries to lameness and heart issues. For this reason…


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