Welcome to Animals in Europe, a podcast presented by Eurogroup for Animals, the pan-European animal advocacy organisation. Join us to meet animal advocates, decision-makers and experts building together a Europe that cares for animals.
The role of working equines in the EU and beyond, and how we can protect their welfare
35:58More than 200 million working animals support the livelihoods of over 600 million people. With Dr Joe Collins from The Donkey Sanctuary, we explore what kind of roles horses, donkeys and other working equines perform in the EU and beyond. From Greece to China, we explore how crucial working equines can be to developing communities and how we can work to protect their welfare and empower those persons who work with them.
Why is Europe’s cosmetics animal testing ban under threat?
34:55We speak to Julia Fentern, who has led Unilever’s non-animal science work for more than 20 years. Unilever, along with other major brands such as Dove, The Body Shop and numerous NGOs, are driving this ECI to achieve change for animals used in science.
The urgent need for food system transformation with MEP Francisco Guerreiro
27:03As outlined in the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, there is an urgent need to shift towards more plant-based diets and alternative proteins in Europe in order to improve animal welfare, mitigate climate change and prevent biodiversity loss. We are joined by MEP Francisco Guerreiro to discuss the importance of transforming food systems in the EU, and how we can make that happen.
How we achieved a ban on cages in animal farming, with Compassion in World Farming
24:43The End the Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), which launched in September 2018 and gained over 1.6 million signatures, has now become the first successful ECI on farmed animal welfare.We speak with Aleksandra Terzieva, Public Affairs Advisor at Compassion in World Farming EU. CIWF led a coalition of 170 NGOs from across Europe and rallied citizens from every corner of the Union to achieve this success.
Fish welfare - improving standards in the EU
24:34Our expert special guest this week is Janneke Aelen from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, who fills us in on the future of fish welfare research and how we can achieve better protections for fish. Learn more on our website.
How can the EU tackle the exotic pet trade?
26:50With Belgium as a case study, we explore how a Positive List for species kept as pets can act as an effective solution to regulate the trade in exotic animals, reducing animal suffering and better protecting public health.
How can animal welfare be improved through trade agreements? Focus on EU-India negotiations with MEP Manuela Ripa
30:34With MEP Manuela Ripa, member of the INTA Committee on International Trade, we discuss how Free Trade Agreements can impact animal welfare standards, which trade agreements represent opportunities and threats to welfare and sustainable development, and why the EU-India negotiations are extremely important in influencing their fast growing agricultural industry.
Why 2021 could be the year we change the future for farmed animals in Europe, with MEP Jytte Guteland
25:27We discuss the current situation for farmed animals in Europe with MEP Jytte Guteland, who explains how lack of species-specific legislation is allowing millions of animals to fall through the cracks of legislation.To learn more about our demands for the legislation fitness check, view our campaign No Animal Left Behind and sign the petition.
European Citizens' Initiative ‘End the Cage Age’ with MEP Eleonora Evi
33:03The European Citizens' Initiative ‘End the Cage Age’, which has received over 1.4 million signatures, received a hearing last week in the European Parliament. The discussion was extremely promising, and we discuss how this ECI could and should move forward with MEP Eleonora Evi.
Moving towards non-animal science
30:50In this episode we are joined by Dr Laura Gribaldo, Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission. Laura has over 30 years of experience and has been very active in driving the non-animal science agenda.