Eurogroup for Animals

The DSPCA is a member of Eurogroup for Animals.

About Eurogroup for Animals.

Eurogroup for Animals represents a united voice for animal welfare organisations in Europe. We speak for animals and for the millions of European citizen who are concerned about the way animals are treated.

Since our founding in 1980 we have achieved great things for animals by contributing to the development and adoption of some of the highest legal standards of animal protection in the world.

What We Do

We provide advice and expertise on animal welfare to the European institutions – the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

We participate in advisory groups and other groups set up by various directorates of the European Commission.

We work hard to ensure that animal welfare is taken into account in all relevant European policy areas and that European laws designed to protect animals are adopted and enforced.

We use our scientific and technical expertise to bring about effective and sustainable change which benefits both animals and people.

We work to protect:

  • farm animals by working with producers, retailers, consumers and governments
  • animals used in research by working with industry and governments to replace animal tests with alternative methods
  • wild animals by campaigning for better lives for those kept in captivity and by working to eliminate the threats from humans they face in the wild and through trade.

On those two last areas, Eurogroup for Animals works in collaboration with its sister organisation EWLA (Eurogroup for Wildlife and Laboratory Animals), with support from the European Commission.

Eurogroup for Animals’ work focuses on a number of policy areas that have a direct impact on the welfare of animals both inside and outside the European Union.

As our activities extend to a wide scope of different topics and areas, it is difficult to present one general overview of the current situation with regard to animal welfare and Eurogroup’s position. Subsequently, we have created short fact sheets, if you will, complemented with Eurogroup’s position statements.

European Union

  • Action Plan
  • Sustainable Development
  • Green Public Procurement
  • Climate Change

Farm Animals

  • Common Agricultural Policy
  • Slaughter
  • Transport

Laboratory Animals

  • Cloning
  • Experimentation
  • Primates
  • Alternatives
  • Chemicals
  • Pesticides


  • Wild Birds
  • Wildlife Trade
  • Zoos


  • International Trade Rules
  • Seals

To read more on each of these Eurogroup for Animals Policies please click here to go to their website.