European Commission registers ‘End the Cage Age’ initiative

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European Commission registers 'End the Cage Age' initiativeA European Citizens’ Initiative entitled  – End the Cage Age –  is to be registered by the College of Commissioners, it said today.

The objectives stated for the proposed Citizens’ Initiative, are to end “inhumane treatment of farm animals” kept in cages.

The European Commission is being asked by the organisers to propose legislation to prohibit the use of: cages for laying hens, rabbits, pullets, broiler breeders, layer breeders, quail, ducks and geese; farrowing crates for sows; sow stalls and individual calf pens, where not already prohibited.

The Commission said that its decision to register the Initiative concerns only the legal admissibility of the proposal. “The Commission has not analysed the substance at this stage,” it said.

The Initiative will be registered on the 11th of September, which will start off a one-year process of collection of signatures of support by its organisers.

Following this process, should the initiative receive one million statements of support within one year, from at least seven different Member States, the Commission will have to react within three months.

The Commission said that it can then decide either to follow the request or not, and in both instances would be required to explain its reasoning.

European Citizens’ Initiatives were introduced with the Lisbon Treaty and launched as an agenda-setting tool in the hands of citizens in April 2012, upon the entry into force of the European Citizens’ Initiative Regulation which implements the Treaty provisions.

Once formally registered, a European Citizens’ Initiative allows one million citizens from at least one quarter of EU Member States to invite the European Commission to propose a legal act in areas where the Commission has the power to do so.

Two others were registered in July – Permanent European Union Citizenship and Stop starvation for 8% of the European population.

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