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PETITION TARGET: European Parliament President Antonio Tajani

Each year, more than three million animals from the EU are forced to endure the horrific journey of live animal export, matted and suffocating in their own feces for weeks, to then be gruesomely slaughtered in countries with little to no animal welfare laws including the Middle East, North Africa, and Singapore.

The EU must end this cruel practice; and shockingly, they’ve already banned it — they just blatantly ignore the law.  

In an appalling display of complete disregard for animal protection and public trust, the EU has consistently violated this law for nearly 15 years.  

In fact, the EU banned live animal exports in 2005 to countries that do not meet European animal welfare standards for handling, transport, and slaughter.  But the law is largely brushed aside. The European Parliament has discussed finally enforcing it, first in 2012 and again in 2019.  However, some members are still voting against the enforcement of laws protecting animals from the gruesome live export trade.

The situation is so dire, Not one of the importing countries currently taking animals from Europe meets the EU’s standards for animal welfare,” according to Animals Australia.


Image Source: Wikimedia/Roee Shprenick

Photographer Roee Shprenick stated, “Calves for meat from Portugal arrived at Ashdod port in Israel after being stuck at sea for 26 days, covered in feces and some blinded by the ammonia fumes.”

This inhumane and illegal suffering must end.

Sign this petition to urge the European Parliament to finally enforce their own laws and end cruel live animal exports.

PETITION UPDATE 6/22/20: On June 19, 2020, the European Parliament voted to establish a committee to investigate whether the European Commission has failed to act on evidence of systemic and serious infringements of regulations. We urge the committee to investigate this thoroughly and urge member states take responsibility to enact change to this cruel and illegal practice.