About: animal welfare

Agrifood 13-04-2021

Support for banning intensive farming grows despite cost of animal welfare

As a survey conducted by the L214 association published this week points to the suffering of animals in intensive farming, the 'End the Cage Age' initiative put forward by EU citizens is demanding to end the practice of caging animals. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 24-03-2021

French mosques fear slaughter policy change is ban on halal chicken

Several major French mosques have expressed concern that a proposed ban on the slaughter of poultry without first stunning the animals would effectively lead to a ban on halal chicken, while the agriculture ministry says this concern is unfounded. EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 24-03-2021

EU official: Imposing animal welfare standards on imports would be WTO compliant

It would be wise to impose the equivalent standards of animal welfare on meat imports coming into the EU, according to a top EU official, who said this would be compliant with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, provided it...
Agrifood 22-03-2021

Germany eyes new animal welfare levy to help raise standards in livestock farming

Germany is considering ways to fund an increased ambition in animal welfare standards, including a new levy on animal welfare, which has raised eyebrows among German farmers who are concerned they will be exposed to unfair competition. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 15-01-2021

Commission lists agroecology, animal welfare as core environmental practices

The European Commission has unveiled the first list of environmentally friendly practices that could receive EU funding in the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the EU's farming subsidy programme.
Agrifood 17-12-2020

Member states reserve right to enforce mandatory stunning prior to slaughter, rules ECJ

EU countries have the right to enforce mandatory stunning on animals prior to slaughter because it does not infringe on religious rights, the bloc's highest court has ruled, drawing angry protests from the European Jewish Congress.
Agrifood 16-12-2020

Ministers approve blueprint for animal welfare label, verdict still out on nutritional labels

EU agricultural ministers have given the green light to an EU-wide animal welfare labelling system, although plans for front of pack nutrition and origin labelling have been shelved for the moment.  
Agrifood 15-12-2020

UK moves to ban live exports of animals but EU ban ‘far off’, says MEP

As the UK prepares to ban the live export of animals, the debate over the practice is also gaining traction in the EU, although the bloc is unlikely to follow suit any time soon, according to MEP Tilly Metz.
Agrifood 11-12-2020

Agrifood Brief, powered by EIT Food: Last push on labelling

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet.   This week, we speak with: Aneta Zachová from EURACTIV Czech Republic about the latest...
Agrifood 30-11-2020

EU-Mercosur, an agreement  with different agricultural standards

The difference in production standards has been one of many causes for disagreement during the negotiations of the EU-Mercosur agreement. EURACTIV's partner Efeagro reports.
Coronavirus 06-11-2020

Bulgarian authorities test people in vicinity of mink farms for COVID

The Bulgarian health authorities said on Friday they have ordered mass PCR testing of people in the vicinity of the two mink farms in the country, following the recent mink-related health scare in Denmark. Chief State Health Inspector Angel Kunchev announced the news exclusively to  EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Health 04-11-2020

Animal testing inefficiency is a fact and must be asserted, says MEP

Policymakers have the responsibility to shift the debate about alternatives to animal testing from the current contraposition between safety risks for humans and animal ethics, an MEP told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 26-10-2020

EU food origin labels should be placed on the cards, stakeholders say

Adding another element to the current food labelling debates in the EU, stakeholders have called for an EU origin label to be taken into consideration, saying this would encourage consumers to support the European livestock sector.
Agrifood 02-10-2020

Agrifood Brief: Brexit crunch time – no time to chew the fat

Welcome to EURACTIV's AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU.
Agrifood 30-09-2020

Routine illegal pig-tail docking continues unabated in the EU

Despite the fact that the practice was outlawed over 20 years ago, only two member states have banned pig-tail docking, according to a Commission response offered to a parliamentary question on the matter.
Agrifood 25-09-2020

Agrifood Brief: A State of the Agricultural Union

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Agrifood 18-09-2020

Farming for the Future

It may feel that 2020 has been the longest year ever, but it’s hard to believe we are already celebrating the first birthday of the Farming for Generations (F4G) partnership. Launched by Danone with the support of Corteva Agriscience and...
Agrifood 31-08-2020

Germany plans transformation for more animal-friendly stables

The German state and federal agriculture ministers agreed to extensively restructure livestock farming on Thursday (27 August). In parallel, a national animal welfare label is to be introduced soon. On Monday (31 August), EU agriculture ministers will discuss a similar project at EU level. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 19-06-2020

European Parliament approves new committee on live transport of animals

The European Parliament approved the setting up of an Inquiry Committee on live transport on Friday (19 June) with an overwhelming majority of 605 out of 689 MEPs in favour, after audits revealed major problems with the welfare of animals during transport
Agrifood 19-06-2020

Gene editing, CAP reform bickering, hospitality sector

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. German Green faction pushes for gene editing, overhaul of regulation In an unprecedented...
Agrifood 18-06-2020

Lack of skilled workers ‘serious concern’ for pig welfare at slaughter

The European food safety authority (EFSA) has published its latest scientific opinion on the welfare of pigs at slaughter, which found that the majority of hazards identified were due in large part to staff failings.
Agrifood 22-05-2020

Farm to Fork strategy softens stance on meat but backs alternative proteins

The EU's pivotal Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy, presented on Wednesday (20 May), softened its stance on meat compared to the previous draft versions but offered staunch support for alternative proteins, which campaigners said was the first step in the right direction.
Agrifood 12-03-2020

Farm to Fork leak, circular economy plan and COVID-19

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. The latest draft of the Farm to Fork strategy, obtained by EURACTIV, features...
Agrifood 12-03-2020

EU’s draft food policy to address livestock farming emissions, animal welfare

The latest draft of the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), obtained by EURACTIV, features a few notable changes from the previous version, including an emphasis on the possible role of animal farming in the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and on options for animal welfare labelling.