More time before reviewing legislation

More time before reviewing legislation
More time before reviewing legislation
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The European Commission argued for the need for more dialogue with stakeholders before proceeding with the review of animal welfare legislation.

This position was communicated to the European Parliament in March, emphasizing the importance of an adequate transition period for the agricultural sector to adapt to new regulations.

The Commission’s response comes in the context of a legal action brought by animal welfare activists, who criticize the Commission for failing to deliver on its promise to ban cage farming.

Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform, mentioned that the “strategic dialogue” initiative proposed by President Ursula von der Leyen could serve as an appropriate forum for these discussions.

The controversy gained a new chapter with the submission of documents to the Luxembourg Court of Justice by the European Citizens’ Initiative (ICE) on Ending the Cage Era, marking an unprecedented move against the Commission for its inaction.

The Commission had committed in 2021 to propose legislation to ban cage farming by the end of 2023, an initiative supported by 1.4 million signatures and a coalition of 170 NGOs.

If the lawsuit is successful, the Commission will be required to present its legislative proposals within a defined time frame and provide access to ICE-related documents. Citizen committee representatives expressed frustration with the delays, highlighting the suffering of an estimated 300 million animals confined in cages.

A Eurobarometer survey carried out last October revealed that 90% of EU citizens are against keeping animals in individual cages.

Furthermore, the European Food Safety Authority itself, the Commission’s scientific advisory body, has recommended the gradual elimination of this method for several species, including laying hens, pigs, dairy calves, ducks, quails and rabbits, citing health benefits. be animal.

The article is in Portuguese

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