Animal Politics EU

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Animal Politics EU
Founded2014
IdeologyAnimal rights[1]
Animal welfare[1]
European Parliament groupEuropean United Left–Nordic Green Left
Greens–European Free Alliance
European Parliament
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Animal Politics EU, formerly Euro Animal 7, is a group of animal rights parties in European Union countries.

Goals[edit]

They call for:[2]

  • Raise the moral and legal status of animals
  • Improve the welfare of animals kept for farming purposes and ensure proper enforcement of animal welfare legislation across all EU member states
  • Phase out farming practices which are harmful to animals and re-direct EU subsidies away from the intensive livestock industry, into sustainable, plant-based and organic agriculture
  • End the long-distance transport of live animals within and outside the EU
  • Stop overfishing within and outside European waters
  • Phase out animal testing with binding targets for reduction and replacement, combined with incentives for alternative testing methods
  • End legal derogations and subsidies for so-called cultural and religious traditions that involve cruelty to animals, such as bullfighting, non-stun slaughter and foie gras production
  • Fight the illicit trade of pets in the EU and halt the barbaric treatment of stray dogs and cats in Europe
  • Implement a ban on hunting and prohibit the import of wildlife trophies
  • Close all fur farms in Europe and ban fur imports from third countries
  • Take hazardous pesticides and endocrine disrupting chemicals out of the market
  • Combat climate change by supporting a shift towards a plant-based lifestyle
  • Implementing a CO2 tax for companies and speeding up efforts to realise a complete switch to renewable energy
  • Realise efficient, affordable and accessible public transport, as an alternative to air travel

Member parties[edit]

Country Party Votes in national parliament election National MPs 2014 MEPs Votes in European parliament election 2019 2019 MEPs
 Belgium DierAnimal 47,733 (5 of 11 constituencies) 0 0 606 (only German Community) 1.49%, 0
 Cyprus Animal Party Cyprus 4,088 0 0 2,208 0.79%, 0
 France Animalist Party 63,637 (142 of 577 constituencies) 0 0 490,074 2.16%, 0
 Finland Animal Justice Party of Finland 3,378 0 0 2,917 0.16%, 0
 Germany Animal Protection Party 675.353 0 1[3] 542,226 1.45%, 1[4] (resigned in February 2020)
 Italy Italian Animalist Party 0 0 160,270 0.60%, 0
 Netherlands Party for the Animals 399,750 6[5] 1 220,938 4.02%, 1
 Portugal People–Animals–Nature (PAN) 88,127[6] 1[7] 0 167,130 5.46%, 0[8]a
 Sweden The Animals' Party 3,648 0 0 4,105 0.10%, 0
 Spain Animalist Party Against Mistreatment of Animals (PACMA) 326,045 0 0 294,657 1.31%, 0

Founding parties of EuroAnimal 7. The Animal Welfare Party of the United Kingdom was also a founding party, but as a result of Brexit, no longer participates in EU electoral alliances.[9]

Notes[edit]

^ PAN's only MEP resigned from the party in June 2020 and remained in the Greens–European Free Alliance group as an independent MEP.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Europe’s Animal Welfare Party Could Make History This Week. Care2, 21 May 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  2. ^ Benakis, Theodoros (5 April 2019). "Animal Politics EU present collective manifesto ahead of EU elections".
  3. ^ "Results of the 2014 European elections". European Parliament. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Nach der Wahl: Ergebnis Tierschutzpartei Europawahl 2019". Partei Mensch Umwelt Tierschutz (in German). 27 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Support plunges for pro-animal party founder Marianne Thieme". 30 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Resultados Globais - Eleições Legislativas 2022". Secretaria-Geral do Ministério da Administração Interna (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  7. ^ "PAN consegue eleger um deputado". Renascença (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  8. ^ "PAN perde o seu único deputado no Parlamento Europeu por "divergências políticas"". Expresso (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  9. ^ Morini, Marco (8 August 2018). "'Animals first!' The rise of animal advocacy parties in the EU: a new party family". Contemporary Politics. 24 (4): 422. doi:10.1080/13569775.2018.1434450. ISSN 1356-9775.