Vote for animals in the upcoming European Parliament elections
With less than 100 days to go until the European Parliament elections of 23–26 May 2019, the #Vote4Animals campaign has gone live! The upcoming elections are a critical moment to determine the European Union’s political priorities for the next five-year term. More specifically, the elections offer an important opportunity to ensure that animal welfare features prominently among those EU priorities. We know from experience that we can make more political progress on animal welfare at European level when Members of the European Parliament are committed to this cause.
The #Vote4Animals campaign, launched by Eurogroup for Animals together with AAP and other partner organizations from across the EU, asks candidates who are running for a seat in the European Parliament to showcase their commitment towards animal welfare by taking the Animal Welfare Pledge. Candidates who have signed the pledge will feature on the website www.voteforanimals2019.eu. This allows EU citizens to easily identify which of their national candidates share their animal welfare concerns before they head to the ballot box in May.
The Animal Welfare Pledge contains both general and specific animal welfare commitments that candidates can endorse, including the following three commitments which relate specifically to AAP’s area of expertise:
- Support the adoption of an EU positive list of exotic pets, determining which exotic animals can be traded and kept in the EU.
- Adopt an EU ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
- Promote coexistence with and non-lethal management of wildlife in the EU.
So please keep an eye on the website Vote For Animals 2019 in the weeks and months ahead to see which national candidates running to become Members of the European Parliament are committed to supporting animal-friendly legislation. When we #Vote4Animals, we help ensure that EU action leads to the best possible outcomes for animals by giving a voice to those who cannot speak up for themselves.