DEFEND ANIMALS AND OUR DEMOCRACY
Thanks to 1.4 million European citizens who supported our End the Cage Age campaign, the European Commission made a promise to deliver a proposal to ban cages across the EU.
In October, they missed the deadline to publish that proposal. Withholding their promise is a shocking betrayal of our democratic rights and a terrible betrayal of farmed animals. Their broken promises mean broken lives for 300 million animals trapped in cruel cages.
Now, our End the Cage Age Citizens’ Committee has written to the European Commission demanding they publish their cage ban proposal or face legal consequences. They only have a few weeks left to reply, which is where you come in.
- WE WANT to place maximum pressure on the European Commission to release the proposals.
- WE WANT farmed animals protected
- WE WANT empty cages, not empty promises.
Help by sharing our campaign video with as many people as you can. If you value democracy, if you want to see farmed animals free of cruel cages, please act urgently.
This was the year when seven European citizens initiated End The Cage Age; a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with a mission to ban cages in the farming industry. Over 170 organisations and caring citizens across Europe joined forces to raise awareness and mobilise the public.
In September 2019, End the Cage Age marked its first success, gathering more than 1.4 million verified EU citizens’ signatures. This was an incredible achievement.
On 30 June 2021, the European Commission announced its historic commitment to revise the current EU legislation promising to:
1 ) Put forward a legislative proposal by the end of 2023 to phase out and finally prohibit the use of cages for hens, sows, calves, rabbits, ducks, geese and other farmed animals
2 ) Phase out the use of cages for farmed animals across Europe by 2027
3 ) Ensure that all imported products in the EU comply with future cage-free standards
4 ) Implement systems for incentives and financial support to European farmers during the transition to cage-free farming
This was a groundbreaking announcement that sparked hope towards animal welfare, and also towards the power of democracy within the EU.
Between 2021 and the Commission's proposal of 2023, there have been multiple campaigns aiming to maintain the urgency of the cause and ensuring the proposal won’t be forgotten. Despite our pressure, and after consulting with the public, organising scientific evidence in support, and getting the green light to proceed from their own scrutiny body, the Commission has gone silent on the issue. That's why we must act.
This is a fight not only for our animals. This is a fight for our democracy too. That’s why our voices are important.
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.
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.