To many supporters of ‘The Euro Animal 7’ this is a moment in history as significant as any in the history of human rights or women’s rights.
Winning political representation for animals in the EU Parliament would be a major step in the battle against speciesism and for greater rights for all animals.
A victory for any one of the Euro Animal 7 would send a huge signal to the rest of the world that man’s relationship with animals and the environment is changing, that we are re-defining what it means to be human, extending the circle of compassion to include the non-human and less powerful.
Although each party has its own manifesto, specific to the social and economic situation in its own country, there is also a shared vision and many shared policies. These include:
Re-directing EU subsidies (currently averaging 50 billion euros per year) away from livestock and fisheries farming and into plant-based agriculture
Promoting healthy, plant-based lifestyle initiatives through public health and education campaigns
Opposing the production and import of genetically manipulated crops anywhere in Europe
Raising the moral and legal status of all animals
Phasing out farming practices and systems with poor welfare consequences for animals
Ending live animal export
Phasing out animal experimentation with binding targets for reduction combined with funding and real support for alternatives
Ending the protection of cultural traditions that involve cruelty to animals, such as bull fighting and foie gras production
Ending EU subsidy for rearing bulls for bullfighting (currently estimated to be 129.6 million euros per year)
Ensuring proper enforcement of existing animal welfare legislation across all EU member states
The EU Parliament elections take place
across Europe between the 22nd and 25th May
If you would like to learn more about each individual party, please visit their main sites