End the Cage Age

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Update – June 2021: the European Commission has agreed to phase out of cages for farmed animals across Europe! 

Over 300 million farmed animals suffer in cages across Europe. This is cruel, unnecessary and has no place in Europe. Our movement seeks to ban cages completely.

Our campaign to stop caged farming

Over 170 organisations and caring citizens across Europe joined forces to spearhead the End the Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative.

Hard work spanning the course of 3 years has culminated in a major victory and historical decision by the European Commission on June 30, 2021 to revise current EU legislation with a commitment to:

  • Put forward a legislative proposal by the end of 2023 to phase out and finally prohibit the use of cages for hens, mother pigs, calves, rabbits, ducks, geese and other farmed animals
  • Phase out of cages for farmed animals across Europe by 2027
  • Ensure that all imported products in the EU comply with future cage-free standards
  • To implement systems for incentives and financial support to European farmers during the transition to cage-free farming

This monumental event marks an overwhelming victory for the 1.4 million EU citizens who made their voices heard and took their struggle to the lawmakers of the European Union. Thank you for raising your voice on behalf of animals.

However, the Cage Age campaign is not ending on the 30th of June, it is just evolving. Our mission now is to monitor the legislative process and to make sure that the Commission sticks to its word and delivers on its commitment.

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The ground-breaking End the Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) launched on 11 September 2018 and closed exactly a year later, having gained over 1.6 million signatures calling for a ban on cruel caged farming in the EU.

Following the required signature validation period, the ECI easily exceeded the required threshold of 1 million signatures, with a total of 1.397.113 validated signatures across Europe submitted on 2 October 2020. It also outstripped the minimum number of signatures threshold in 18 EU member states, out of the seven required.

This makes the End the Cage Age ECI the:

  • 6th ECI to succeed among 76 registered initiatives in the last eight years
  • 3rd with the highest signature count
  • 1st valid ECI for farmed animal welfare
  • 1st ECI for animal welfare that has successfully lead to a commitment from the EU Commission to overturn EU legislation and to implement revisions which will take over 300 million animals out of their cruel cages by 2027.


Following the submission of the End the Cage Age ECI on 2 October 2020, we entered a critical phase of the ECI. Our task was to put pressure on the European Commission and convince the European Parliament to support the phase-out of all cages in farming during critical meeting with EU Commissioners and Hearings in the European Parliament. This was achieved with great success as we received overwhelming support for our cause from Commissioners and MEPs.

Following a period of deliberation, we anxiously waited for a final decision on our ECI.

On June 30, 2021, a ground-breaking event took place! The Commission announced it intends to put forward a legislative proposal by the end of 2023 to phase out and finally prohibit the use of cages for hens, mother pigs, calves, rabbits, ducks, geese and other farmed animals, with ambitions to phase out all cages for farmed animals by 2027.

Farmed animals have never had so many people standing up for them. From caged hens who long to stretch their wings to sows who want to mother their piglets unconfined, and rabbits who deserve the space to hop – each one of them now has a better chance in life, thanks to you.

Now is the time to keep our eyes on the prize and to ensure tangible actions from the European Institutions and Member States. With the EU Commission legislative proposal, it will start the process of the asks of the End the Cage Age campaign becoming law

Stay tuned and watch this space for further developments!  

How close are we to a 100% cage-free Europe?

To secure an EU-wide ban on cages we must put pressure on each EU Member State to embed a ban into their national law. We built a ‘League Table’ that ranks EU Countries in terms of how far down the legislative road they are in phasing out of cages for farmed animals on a national level.

Even if there are some countries with slightly better national legislation than others, the only acceptable percentage, for any country, is 100% cage-free.

Our ECI, with 1.4 million citizens calling to end the inhumane treatment of farmed animals in cages, is the proof that ending the cage age is a priority for Europeans.

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We have created a table ranking Member States based on the percentage of cage-free farmed animals in each country. Check out your country and send a tweet to your Agriculture/Health Minister, asking to support the End the Cage Age Initiative.

Below, you can find the links to the table in different languages.

Our network

​The network for the End the Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative unites organisations under a common banner—to eliminate the use of cages in animal farming.

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We worked together to secure 1.4 million signatures for the European Citizens’ Initiative against cages.

This movement is representative of the 94% of people in Europe who believe protecting the welfare of farm animals is important, and 82% who believe farm animals should be better protected. Cages are a desolate reflection on our society. 

Together we will End the Cage Age.

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Keep in touch

The success of the campaign was down to each and every individual who signed the ECI and the collaboration between the 170 NGOs across Europe. Please contact one of these groups if you’d like to hear more from an organisation that’s based in your country: view the full list of organisations here.

Or sign up to receive emails from Compassion in World Farming about End the Cage Age and other campaigns:

Together we will end the cage age. Forever.

Full list of NGO partners by country

Pan-EU | AT | BE | BG | BU | CY | CZ | DE | DK | EE | EL | ES | FI | FR | HR | IE | IT | LT | LU | LV | NL | PL | PT | RO | SE | SK | SL

Arc 2020 | Compassion in World Farming International | Eurogroup | HSI | Slow Food | SumOfUs | Vier Pfoten/Four Paws | WeMove | World Animal Net
Österreich (AT):
animal.fair | Ferkelfroh | Vier Pfoten International
Belgie/Belgien/Belgique (BE):
CIWF EU | DierAnimal | GAIA | Sans collier | Venizi
България (BG):
CAAI | Four Paws Bulgaria | Intimate with the Nature Society (IWNS)
Κύπρος (CY):
Cyprus Voice for Animals
Česká republika (CZ):
Advokátní kancelář Robert Plicka | Hlas zvířat | Home 4 Pets | Nadace na ochranu zvířat | NESEHNUTÍ | OBRAZ! | Platforma pro udržitelný rozvoj a etiku | Slepice v nouzi | Společnost pro zvířata | Svoboda zvířat
Deutschland (DE):
adopTIERE e.V. | Aktion Fairplay | Aktionsbündnis Artgerechtes München | Aktionsgruppe Tierrechte Bayern | Albert Schweitzer Stiftung für unsere Mitwelt | Amelies Lebenshof e.V. | Animal Equality Germany e.V. | ANIMALS UNITED e.V. | AWF (Animal Welfare Foundation) in Germany / Tierschutzbund Zurich TSB | BAG Tierschutzpolitik von BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN | Berlin-Vegan | Besitzerhunde e.V. | Deutscher Tierschutzbund e.V. | Deutsches Tierschutzbüro e.V. | DIE LINKE | Erster Freier Tierschutzverein Leipzig und Umgebung e.V. | foodwatch e. v. | Förderverein für den Tierhof Stade-Cuxhaven e.V. | Fraktion UFFBASSE | GRÜNE LIGA Berlin e.V. | GUTuN | Hamburger Tierschutzverein von 1841 e. V. | Heldenmarkt (Forum Futura UG) | Hundehilfe Russland e.V. | Initiative für Tiere in Not e.V. | Internationaler Tierschutzverein Grenzenlos e.V. | Kölner Tierschutzverein 1868 | Lebenshilfe Kuh & Co. e.V. | Lobby pro Tier Mienenbüttel e.V. | mensch fair tier | Menschen für Tierrechte - Bundesverband der Tierversuchsgegner e.V. | Menschen für Tierrechte – Tierversuchsgegner Baden-Württemberg  e.V. | Netzfrauen | NOAH Menschen für Tiere e.V. | Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei (ÖDP) | PARTEI MENSCH UMWELT TIERSCHUTZ | Pro Animale für Tiere in Not e.V. | PROVIEH e.V. | Rettet das Huhn e.V. | Robbenzentrum Föhr | Rüsselheim e.V. | Schüler für Tiere e.V. | Schutzengel für Tiere e.V. | Slow Food Deutschland | Sozis für Tiere | Stiftung Hof Butenland | TASSO | Tierärzte für verantwortbare Landwirtschaft e.V. | Tierauffangstation Meiningen | Tierfreunde ohne Grenzen e.V. | Tierhuus Insel Föhr e.V. | TiernotHilfe Gutlindenhof e.V. | Tierschutz Hildesheim und Umgebung e.V. | Tierschutz Spanien e.V. | Tierschutzverein Bamberg e.V. | Tierschutzverein Ditzingen e. V. | Tierschutzverein Dresden e.V. | Tierschutzverein Gera und Umgebung e.V. | Tierschutzverein Hof und Umgebung e. V. | Tierschutzverein Meiningen | Tierschutzverein München e.V. | Tierschutzverein Noris e.V. | Tierschutzverein Nürtingen-Frickenhausen | Tierschutzverein Tierheim Falkensee und Umgebung e. V. | Tierschutzverein Weißenhorn e.V. | Tierschutzverein Worms Stadt und Land e.V. | Tierwork e.V. | TSV Nestwerk Münsterland e.V. | Vegane Powerfrauen e.V. | Verein Gegen Tierfabriken (VGT) | Verein Tierfreiheit e.V. | Vier Pfoten - Stiftung für Tierschutz | Voice for the Voiceless e.V. | V-Partei³ | Wildtierhilfe Lüneburger Heide e.V.
Dänemark (DK):
Anima | Dyrenes Beskyttelse | Dyrenes Venner | World Animal Protection Denmark
Eesti (EE):
Loomus | Nahtamatud Loomad
Ελλάδα (EL):
Adespotologio | Aesop Cultural – Ecological Animal Welfare Organisation  | Agapazo Fylis | Animal Care Lefkas | Animal welfare and cultural group Frontizo | Animal Welfare Association of Aigialeia The Friends | Animal Welfare Association of Phthiotis | Animal Welfare Association of Volos Kosmos and Nature | Animal Welfare Paros | Animals’ Voice Astypalea | ARGOS Animal Rescue | Association for the Protection of Animals S.C. Messologgiou Hope | Chios Animal Welfare Society | Eptapsyhes | Filozoiko Somateio Limnou Stray Souls | Filozoikos Omilos Kalamatas | Filozoikos Omilos Karditsas - Filokardi | Filozoikos Syllogos Neas Filadelpheias | Greek Animal Welfare/Animal Action Hellas | H Kivotos toy Thodori | Hydra Ark | Ilioupolis Animal Welfare Union | Kivotos Mytilene  | Larissa's Stray Volunteers | Nine Lives Greece | Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation | Pan-Hellenic Animal Welfare Federation | PAWS | Samos Animal welfare | SAPT Hellas | SCARS | SOS Adespota Vrilission | Stray Animals Care "Love" Organization | Stray Planet | Zakynthos Animal Welfare Fund | ZAWF | Zofipsi | Zophoros
España (ES):
ADDA - Asociación Defensa Derechos Animal | AnimaNaturalis | APDDA Asociación Parlamentaria en Defensa de los Derechos de los Animales | ASANDA Asociación Andaluza Para la Defensa de los Animales | Asociación nacional para la defensa de los animales (ANDA) | AVATMA | AVHA Sevilla. Asociación para el Vínculo Humano-Animal | Equalia | EQUO | Fundación FAADA | Fundación Santuario Gaia | ICALP | Igualdad Animal | PACMA Partido Animalista Contra el Maltrato Animal
Suomi (FI):
SEY Suomen Eläinsuojelu
France (FR):
30 millions d'amis | Afaad | Alliance Anticorrida | Animal Cross | Animalsace | CACH | C'est assez ! | CIWF France | Collectif Plein air | Confédération Nationale Défense de l’Animal | CRAC Europe | Education Ethique Animale | Ensemble Pour Les Animaux | Fondation Brigitte Bardot | L214 | La Fondation Droit Animal, Ethique et Sciences (LFDA) | La Nuit avec un Moustique | Ligue Pour La Protection Du Cheval | Mouvement pour les animaux | OABA | One Voice | SPA | Welfarm
Hrvatska (HR):
Éireann (IE):
Italia (IT):
Amici della Terra | Animal Aid Italia | Animal Equality Italia | Animal Law | Animalisti Italiani | CIWF Italia Onlus | Confconsumatori | ENPA | Il Fatto Alimentare | Jane Goodall Institute | LAV | Lega Nazionale Difesa del Cane | Lega Per L'abolizione Della Caccia | Legambiente | LEIDAA | LUMEN | OIPA Onlus | Parito Animalista Italiano | Terra Nuova | Terra! Onlus
Lietuva (LT):
Tušti narvai
Lëtzebuerg/Luxembourg/Luxemburg (LU):
Ligue National pour la Protection des Animaux (LNPA)
Latvija (LV):
Dzīvnieku brīvība
Nederland (NL):
Bont voor Dieren | CAS-International | de Dierenbescherming | Compassion in World Farming Nederland | Eyes on Animals | Foodwatch Nederland | Partij voor de Dieren | Varkens in Nood | VierVoeters | Wakker Dier | World Animal Protection

Polska (PL):
Albert Schweitzer Stiftung Poland | CIWF Polska | Fundacja Viva! Akcja Dla Zwierzat | Klub Gaja | OTOZ | Otwarte Klatki (Open Cages)
Portugal (PT):
Animals de Rua | SOS Animal Portugal
România (RO):
Animals International
Sverige (SE):
Djurens Rätt | Djurskyddet Sverige | Svenska Djurskyddsforeningen | World Animal Protection SV
Slovenský (SK):
Humánny pokrok | Sloboda zvierat
Slovenija (SL):
Društvo za zaščito živali Ljubljana