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Europeans say they are willing to pay for better animal welfare

by 5m Editor
24 March 2007, at 5:09pm

EU - Animal welfare ranks high on the priority list of the European citizens and they are willing to make an extra effort to buy animal welfare friendly products, even if this means changing where they shop or paying more for goods, according to a Eurobarometer survey on attitudes to animal welfare, published last week.

In the first EU survey on animal welfare to cover all 27 Member States, as well as Turkey and Croatia, 62 percent of respondents said that they would change their shopping habits in order to access more animal welfare-friendly goods.

Welcoming the European consumers’ awareness level, the Commission said in a statement, "The message from EU citizens is clear – they view animal welfare as a priority and are willing to contribute to its promotion.

The results of this survey are an affirmation of what the Commission is trying to achieve in the field of animal welfare and confirm that our efforts are a response to public demand for action in this area. The Commission attaches great importance to improving animal welfare both in the EU and internationally, and it is good to see that citizens support our efforts."

Later, addressing journalists at a seminar titled, "Better Animal Conditions for Better Food," Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health, highlighted the importance EU places on animal welfare within and also while signing bilateral cooperation agreements with other parties.

Mentioning the road map called "Animal Welfare Plan," adopted at the beginning of the current year, Kyprianou reiterated his determination to address the issues like "minimum space" and "travel time" before the end of his tenure.

5m Editor