How close are we to a cage free Europe?

The bad news is that no country is 100% cage-free. The good news is that you have the power to change that.

map of Europe colour coded by cage free progress

 

Last year over one million citizens demanded an end to caged farming by signing The End the Cage Age European Citizens Initiative (ECI).

This Initiative was the biggest political push for farmed animal welfare in European history, and we eagerly wait to see how the European Commission will respond. We hope they will introduce legislation to ban cruel cages for hens, pigs, calves, and other farmed animals.

While the Commission is considering its next steps, there is one more thing we can all do to make our dream of a cage-free Europe even more likely—pressure our Member States to champion the banning of cages. We know that the Commission listens to the Member States—if national Agricultural Ministers speak out against cages, we increase our chances of a European-wide ban coming from the Commission.

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How it works

  1. Look at the table below and find your country
  2. Click on the flag and read the information in the pop-up
  3. Click on the twitter button and send a clear message to national decision-makers
  4. Repeat the same actions on other countries as many times as possible
#1 Austria

#1 Austria

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#2 Luxembourg

#2 Luxembourg

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#3 Sweden

#3 Sweden

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#4 Germany

#4 Germany

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#5 The Netherlands

#5 The Netherlands

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#6 Belgium

#6 Belgium

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#7 Denmark

#7 Denmark

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#8 United Kingdom

#8 United Kingdom

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#9 Slovenia

#9 Slovenia

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#10 Ireland

#10 Ireland

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#11 Finland

#11 Finland

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#12 Cyprus

#12 Cyprus

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#13 Romania

#13 Romania

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#14 Croatia

#14 Croatia

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#15 Italy

#15 Italy

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#16 Hungary

#16 Hungary

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#17 France

#17 France

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#18 Czech Republic

#18 Czech Republic

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#19 Greece

#19 Greece

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#20 Bulgaria

#20 Bulgaria

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#21 Estonia

#21 Estonia

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#22 Latvia

#22 Latvia

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#23 Poland

#23 Poland

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#24 Slovakia

#24 Slovakia

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#25 Lithuania

#25 Lithuania

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#26 Portugal

#26 Portugal

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#27 Spain

#27 Spain

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#28 Malta

#28 Malta

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Table notes

Many factors determine if a Member State will support our ECI, including the percentage of animals still caged, national laws, and the support of key decision makers. Some countries are close to being totally cage free, while others still confine millions of animals with governments reluctant to bring about change.

The table is a living tool: we will update it as soon as any progress is made to end the use of cages.

On each flag, you’ll find the percentage of cage-free farmed animals and, in each pop-up, you'll find the number of animals still in cages. These numbers are calculated on the total number each species that can be farmed in cages like sows, rabbits, ducks, geese and hens. We are excluding quails and calves because there are no reliable figures for all Member States, although we are calling for a ban on caging both.

Table Key

Country Level

  100% of animals living cage free
  80-99% of animals living cage free
  40-79% of animals living cage free
  Less than 40% of animals living cage free

 

Species Level

  Legislation Ministers' views
  Banned by law Ban supported
  Some limitations on the use of cages Possible support for a ban
  No ban No support for a ban
  No information available No reply or no information provided

Sources

Info on the percentages and caged animals

Data on annual animal numbers were taken from the following sources according to the most recent published data: Sows – Eurostat
2019; Laying Hens – EU COM CIRCABC 2019; Rabbits – European Commission (DG Santé) 2016; Ducks and Geese - ITAVI 2019 and SSP, Eurofoiegras 2019. Where published figures are not available, estimates of number of animals caged have been calculated using generic estimates and data from various credible sources.

Updated in October 2020.

Info about national legislation

  • End the cage age report
  • For quails – Quail – Industry and national government statistics
  • For calves
    • Reference for %ages in system Marcé, C., Guatteo, R., Bareille, N. and Fourichon, C., 2010. Dairy calf housing systems across Europe and risk for calf infectious diseases. Animal, 4(9), pp.1588-1596. except where stated otherwise
    • Reference for Czech %ages Staněk, S., Zink, V., Doležal, O. and Štolc, L., 2014. Survey of preweaning dairy calf-rearing practices in Czech dairy herds. Journal of dairy science, 97(6), pp.3973-3981
    • Reference for Bulgaria – National NGO
    • Reference for Poland – Compassion in World Farming investigation