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Brussels’ top five fails in animal welfare

FOUR PAWS launches international campaign in the run-up to EU's polls in June

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EU 2040 Climate targets: EU Commissioners avoid the Cow in the Room

While the EU is now set to slash 90% of its emissions by 2040, the European Commission is avoiding the task of tackling emissions from animal agriculture. It cannot continue to do so if the EU is to reach its climate targets. 

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New Live Animal Transport rules: Progress or Stagnation?

The European Commission's revision of the EU regulation that protects animals during transport and related operations has brought more discontent than satisfaction to many. Here's why.

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European Commission publishes last-minute proposal on Pets

FOUR PAWS welcomes new move to finally tackle illegal pet trade 

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BREAKING: Three Key Developments for Animal Welfare in the EU

FOUR PAWS comments on the European Commission's proposal for a new regulation on pets, its proposal to revise EU rules on the protection of animals during transport, and its official response to the Fur Free Europe ECI - all published today.

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World Soil Day: why is soil health important for animal welfare?

Soils are the foundation for sustainable food systems and essential for animal welfare. But our soils are degrading fast. 

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Industrial farming to be given another free pass: Cattle farming excluded from IED

The European co-legislators’ provisional agreement would see the exclusion of cattle farming from the pollution prevention rules of the law, making it impossible for it to achieve the intended results. 


Long overdue: New Eurobarometer figures show staggering support for stronger EU animal welfare legislation

The Eurobarometer results only solidify and emphasise the absolute urgency to implement and ensure a higher level of animal welfare. 

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