Europe's Common Agricultural Policy has an enormous negative impact on animal welfare

Today’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is not delivering toward its objective of "promoting animal welfare". This encourages the intensification of animal production and leads to the use of increasingly productive breeds in systems where animals are confined with reduced or no access to pasture.

The CAP has been successful in sustaining European agriculture, but has, along with global trends and competition within the agricultural market, encouraged the intensification of animal production, at the expensive of animal welfare. This negative impact on animals has led to an increasing use of production systems where animals are confined to unnatural spaces with reduced or no access to green pasture. Despite the fact that there are five measures within the CAP that could be used to improve animal welfare, it still very ineffective. 

The negative impact of the CAP on the welfare of animals has been enormous. The next reform of the CAP - and possible REFIT process - is an opportunity to significantly improve animal welfare under the provisions of the CAP, which together with other measures should help in making EU farming more sustainable and animal friendly. Eurogroup for Animals is calling on organisations and citizens to send a strong message to the EU to improve animal welfare in the CAP by taking part in the Commission public consultation.

Please read Eurogroup for Animals' position paper here.