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(11 June 2021) - The European Parliament urged the European Commission to make cages for farmed animals a thing of the past in a resolution adopted yesterday, marking a first step towards a ban on cages by 2027.

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The resolution, passed by an overwhelming majority, comes as a response to a widely successful citizens initiative, ‘End the Cage Age’, which garnered over 1.4 million signatures from more than 18 member states between 2018 and 2019.

MEPs have now asked the EU Commission to come up with legislative proposals to ban caged farming in the EU, possibly already by 2027.

However, they stipulated that before any legislative changes are made, farmers and livestock breeders must be given a sufficiently long transition period and adequate support to make the move to cage-free farming, including a scientific impact assessment. (Euractiv)

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