England: CIWF Exposes Intensive Quail Farming In Some Parts Of Europe.



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Photo – CIWF.

In the winter of 2015/16, Compassion in World Farming visited farms, cage-makers and slaughterhouses in France, Italy, Portugal and Greece.

Our target: European quail farming.

In this groundbreaking investigation – a ‘first of its kind’ international exposé – we’ve lifted the lid on an industry that cages millions of animals every year, creating enormous suffering, yet markets its products as ‘luxury’. Please take a moment to watch our short film, and call on the European Commission to End the Cage Age for quail.

Each year in Europe, over 140 million quail are farmed for meat, confined to factory farm floors or densely packed in cages. They often try to leap in these cages and invariably hit their heads on the cage roof.

Of the 400,000 quail farmed every year for their eggs, over 90% are also kept in crowded, barren cages where they are unable to express even the most basic of natural behaviours.

These birds have no earth or undergrowth to explore, nowhere to dustbathe, nowhere to hide, and barely space to move. The space allowance per factory farmed quail can be no bigger than a beer mat.

Quail are the third most caged farm animal in Europe, and there is no species-specific legislation to protect them. They desperately need your help. But the good news is that there is hope.

Compassion staff have visited an alternative system; an egg farm where the quail are raised in naturally lit barns with the space and freedom to explore, dustbathe, hide and peck at straw bales. This is no hobby farm, but a large commercial operation.

Higher welfare quail farming is possible. Please take action now to give ALL quail a life worth living.

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Take action

Quail are the smallest animals to be intensively farmed, but this comes at a big price. Will you help to end this factory farming in miniature?

We need your help

For more information about the investigation including eyewitness reports, click here

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One Response

  1. For the second time I got an automatic reply mail to the petition ” Quail farming in the EU: End the Cage Age”.
    Since December 2014 every EU citizen must be registered in the Transparency Register, before his case sees the desk of some MEPs.
    Justification: “Transparency also makes a decisive contribution to encourage European citizens to be more actively involved in the democratic life of the EU”.
    My participation in this petition never entered to Mr. Andriukaitis.
    My concern, to protection of some animals which still live in the concentration camp was not important for Mr. Andriukaitis.
    Him and the EU are interested only and primarily in registering my person in the archives of the EU.

    Animal welfare has been archived before it was practice.
    And Mr. Andriukaitis and the EU AG (where he belongs) call it participation of citizens in democratic life.
    I call that an impertinence.
    In reality, it is about a hidden surveillance.
    Since the establishment of the register in 2014 only 8,000 entities have been entered!
    From about 300 million inhabits of the EU zone!
    And the rest?
    It’s very simple: individuals are sorted out and powerful lobby organizations have access.
    This is meant by “register ID number”!!

    Every day the EU adopt EU bureaucrats anything without my permission and without my knowledge.
    Any attempt to get into dialogue with MEPs lands in monologue.
    Under dialogue the EU understands an automatic reply mail, confirming me every time that animal rights cannot exist if human Duties don’t!
    And the first (and minimum) requirement of an EU parliamentarian, who earned more than 20,000 euros per month, is the direct contact with his voters.
    Otherwise, the 8,000 registered entities of the Transparency Register should by themselves pay the salary of MEPs. And we can spare ourselves the elections.

    Especially true for Mr. Andriukaitis: if he actually writes highly transparency, he should first ensure transparency in his office.
    The transparency, of which he speaks, looks good only on paper.
    Because, since October 2012, after the corruption scandal of John Dalli, the Office for Health and Consumer Protection is under absolute distrust.
    We have not forgotten this affair!
    Hopefully neither Mr. Andriukaitis!

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