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Animal Welfare must be central to revised Common Agriculture Policy

Brussels, 18 November 2010

Animal Welfare must be central to revised Common Agriculture Policy

Today the European Commission published its Communication on the revision of the Common Agriculture policy (CAP). Eurogroup for Animals is disappointed that the Commission has not used this opportunity to put animal welfare at the heart of agricultural best practice. This goes against the concerns of Europe's citizens who expect their food to be produced without animal suffering.

The Communication published today mentions that farmers must respect EU animal welfare rules but does little to concretely support the move to high welfare and more sustainable animal production systems.

"The Commission has focused on competitiveness, public goods and sustainable use of resources as some of its key objectives and improving animal welfare in agriculture has the potential to deliver on all three," said V�ronique Schmit, Executive Officer Policy of Eurogroup for Animals.

"The future CAP must improve animal welfare by incorporating it in both pillars of the policy, through direct payments to farmers and through rural development measures. It is also essential that compliance with EU legislation is ensured through stricter controls," she concluded.

Eurogroup for Animals will work with the European Parliament and the Council to ensure animal welfare is incorporated more robustly in the CAP. We hope that policy makers will recognise animal welfare as a public good and support the demands of Europe's citizens.

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For more information, contact:

Liesbet Dendas, Eurogroups' Information officer on or telephone
+32 2 740 08 90.

Eurogroup for Animals represents 47 animal welfare organisations in nearly all EU member states. Since it was launched in 1980, the organisation has succeeded in encouraging the European Union to adopt higher legal standards of animal protection. For more information about Eurogroup, visit .

Eurogroup's positions on the CAP are available at:

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