Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

CAP and animal welfare

The Common Agricultural Policy has been widely criticised for its failure to deliver on animal welfare, and has reportedly exacerbated some animal welfare issues. Amongst other issues, the CAP has incentivised intensive livestock farming, providing subsides that encourage livestock production per animal. This has also encouraged the overproduction of livestock, which has huge environmental implications. In light of these concerns, I have supported calls to the Commission President Juncker and Vice President Timmermans to review and assess the Common Agricultural Policy through a so-called ‘Fitness Check’, including with a view to animal welfare concerns (as well as environmental impacts). 

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