Equalia NGO asks the Spanish Government to defend cage-free farming in Europe for 300 million animals

Published Jan 26, 2023

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Given the position of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) in the Congress of Deputies at the end of the year in favor of the cage-free transition in livestock, Equalia ONG asks the minister Luis Planas to now defend this position in Europe in full debate for the end of cages throughout the EU. The organization also calls on the Government not to exclude the rabbit sector from this initiative and to defend ambitious deadlines for the implementation of the imminent European legislation to ban cages. Equalia NGO considers it positive that the Spanish Government has positioned itself in favor of a transition to a cage-free production model in livestock after the parliamentary question presented by the Compromís political group. However, the organization insists on the importance of not excluding the rabbit sector, as the minister points out in the statement.

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On this point, Equalia stresses that Spain leads the ranking of European countries with the most rabbits in cages, as well as being at the head of the EU in terms of the number of caged sows. THEY VALUE THE MINISTER'S STEP BUT ASK HIM TO SUPPORT AMBITIOUS TRANSITION TERMS TO ELIMINATE CAGES IN ALL SPECIES The organization recalls that, until the moment of MAPA's favorable position towards the end of cages, Spain had avoided positioning itself in favor of the transition to an EU without cages. Despite this positive step by the Government, the organization regrets that the executive mentioned in its response that it supports the delimitation of long periods of implementation. From the organization they remember that the initiative approved by the European Commission and the European Parliament establish 2027 as the general date of transition of the food sector. The European Commission will publish this year a new legislative proposal that will transform the regulations on animal ...
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