25 SEPTEMBER 2018
The ISPCA is supporting the launch of the End the Cage Age European Citizens Initiative (ECI), which aims to end the use of cages for farmed animals across Europe.
Over 300million animals in Europe – including more than 2 million in Ireland— spend all, or a significant part of their lives imprisoned in cages—from sows in farrowing crates, egg-laying hens in so-called ‘enriched’ cages, to caged mink being farmed for their fur. These animals are confined, restricted and prevented from carrying out their natural behaviours.
Cages are cruel and unnecessary, and EU legislation is urgently needed to end the practice of farming animals in cages.
The ISPCA is supporting Compassion in World Farming with this European Citizens Initiative. CIWF are fellow members of Eurogroup for Animals. Together a network of over 100 other animal welfare and environmental organisations in Europe are working to collect a minimum of one million signatures to support #EndTheCageAge. This is the first time in history that this number of European organisations has come together to help farm animals.
ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly said: “The ISPCA opposes any system of husbandry which denies animals the freedom to exhibit natural behaviours. Animals are worthy of a life free from the cruelty of cages, and that is why the ISPCA is supporting the End the Cage Age ECI. By joining with so many other animal welfare organisations, we hope to create a cage-free future for farm animals.”
The Irish public can show their support by signing the petition at www.endthecageage.eu and sharing the #EndTheCageAge campaign with friends and followers.Viewed 5121 times.