ECR Campaign

Improving animal welfare

The ECR Group has been a leading voice for increasing standards on animal welfare, holding two Vice Presidents and the co-Chairmanship on the European Parliament’s Animal Welfare inter-Group. The ECR Group has led on a number of vital campaigns for the protection of animals and increasing their welfare, including on the sale of ivory, on the farming of fur, and animal testing for cosmetics.

ECR Members have been working hard to put pressure on the EU to follow the UK’s lead, and introduce a near total ban on the sale of ivory, and put in place some of the toughest rules on the sale of ivory in the world. Only global action will stamp out the ivory trade, which leads to the poaching of 20,000 elephants a year and contributes significant funds to criminal organisations. We want future generations to be able to enjoy our world’s diverse wildlife, not to just read about it in history books. By acting together and closing the market for these items, we can make a huge contribution to saving these beautiful animals.

ECR Members have also been working hard to ensure that the EU spearhead a global ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals. Animal testing of finished cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients has been prohibited in the EU since September 2004 and March 2009 respectively.

Despite some notable legislative advances around the world, about 80% of the world’s countries still allow animal testing. The ECR believes that the continuation of this practice is out of date, unjustified and cruel, and does not reflect the alternative technology now available to cosmetic companies.

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The ECR co-authored the European Parliament’s resolution calling for a global ban on this barbaric practice through the UN’s framework. The resolution also called upon the European Commission to step up its efforts to ensure that products tested on animals do not find their way on to the EU market, which would serve to undermine the testing and marketing bans already in place within the EU.

ECR Members have also been campaigning to bring the farming and sale of animal fur to an end in their own Member States. ECR Members have worked alongside civil society, environmental groups, producers, and politicians, holding exhibitions and campaigns to draw attention to the horrible conditions these animals are bred in, and put an end to the cruel method in which they are killed in order to leave the fur undamaged.

ECR Members held a three day - “Make Fur History” exhibition aimed to build awareness among EU decision makers of the cruelty associated with fur production and the need for more national bans on fur factory farming.




Initiatives our MEPs are actively working on in the European Parliament




ECR Group

35 minutes ago

Our co-chairs @RaffaeleFitto & Ryszard #Legutko react to the election of @vonderleyen as the next @EU_Commission Pr… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

11 hours ago

Starting now - our co-chair @RaffaeleFitto speaks in the debate with Commission President-designate @vonderleyentwitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Johan Van Overtveldt

6 days ago

Het is gebeurd. Een eer en een genoegen om met unanimiteit verkozen te worden als voorzitter van de Commissie Budg… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

BUDG Committee Press

6 days ago

.@jvanovertveldt elected as Chair of @EP_Budgets by acclamation

ECR Group

7 days ago

Today we met with the President-designate of the European Commission @vonderleyen for a wide ranging discussion on… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

8 days ago

Happening this week: tomorrow Commission President-designate @vonderleyen will attend our Group meeting & on Wednes… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

11 days ago

Next week we'll be nominating @BeataSzydlo to chair the @EPSocialAffairs committee! As a former Prime Minister of P… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Party

12 days ago

Happy #IndependenceDay to our American friends and partners in the @GOP! We are proud to be the staunchest defende… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

12 days ago

Next week we'll be nominating our Flemish MEP @jvanovertveldt to chair @EP_Budgets - as a former Belgian Finance Mi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

13 days ago

Second place for our candidate @ZahradilJan!! We now move into the second round... #EUTopJobs twitter.com/EuroParlPress/…

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