It all started in 2018, where seven European citizens decided to found End The Cage Age; a European Citizens’ Initiative with a mission to ban cages in the farming industry. Over 170 organizations and caring citizens across Europe joined forces to raise awareness and mobilize the public.
In October 2020, End the Cage Age marked its first success, gathering an outstanding amount of over 1.4 million EU citizens’ signatures. We all wanted a clear change, and it was soon to be announced.
On June 30th, 2021, the European Commission came forth with a historical announcement to revise the 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 the use of cages for farmed animals across Europe by 2027
- Ensure that all imported products in the EU comply with future cage-free standards
- 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, the EU Commission hasn’t fulfilled its commitments on time. That’s why we must act.
This is a fight not only for our animals. But this is a fight for our democracy. That’s why our voices are important.
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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.
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