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Asociación de veterinarios abolicionistas de la tauromaquia y del maltrato animal (AVATMA)
Asociacion Nacional para la defensa de los animales (ANDA)
Common Agricultural Policy
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End Pig Pain
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DG SANTE released a report from an audit carried out in Croatia in September 2018 to check animal protection measures for transported animals being loaded onto vessels for further transport to non-EU countries.
DG SANTE audit slams Croatia for insufficient protection of animals during transport
18 March 2019
In an audit assessing the European Commission and Member States’ actions towards improving farm animal welfare, the European Court of Auditors calls for more effective spending of animal welfare funds and improved enforcement efforts.
European Court of Auditors report calls for greater animal welfare impact
14 November 2018
The European pig industry routinely flouts welfare laws and public opinion in pursuit of higher profits while member states continuously turn a blind eye.
One million citizens say EU must stop tolerating pig mutilations as cover-up for broken farming system
4 October 2018
In violation of the Pigs Directive 2008/120/EC, tail-docking is still routinely carried out in all European Union’s Member States, with the exception of Sweden and Finland.
DG Sante report: almost 100% of pigs in Italy are routinely tail-docked
1 October 2018
In violation of the Pigs Directive 2008/120/EC, tail-docking is still carried out in all European Union’s Member States, with the exception of Sweden and Finland.
EC audit on tail-docking in Germany shows 95% pigs have their tails docked in violation of the EU law
10 September 2018
Spain is the currently the first pig producing country in the EU, with 86,000 farms and 48 million pigs slaughtered in 2016.
DG SANTE report finds 98.5% of pigs are routinely tail docked in Spain, the largest porkmeat producing country in the EU
7 May 2018
The last audit on measures to prevent tail docking carried out by the European Commission (DG Health and Food Audits and Analysis) in Denmark leaves little room for optimism, as 98.5% of pigs are still routinely tail docked.
European Commission audit reveals that 98.5% of piglets in Denmark are still routinely tail-docked
16 April 2018