Animal welfare groups scrutinise EU free trade deals


Tony McDougal, Poultry World

Feb 19, 2021  


Animal welfare groups say free trade deals, such as the EU-Mercosur agreement, are bad for animals, people, and the environment. They are calling for the European Commission to limit the volume of poultry meat and bovine products entering the European Union.


They argue that the EU should also condition market liberalisation only to products that comply with high animal welfare standards. This would, they say, not only restore the level playing field, but also incentivise producers based on trading partner countries to adopt higher animal welfare standards and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The Eurogroup for Animals said the study “Cumulative economic impacts of trade agreements on EU Agriculture,” had confirmed that unconditional market access granted in Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) significantly increases trade in animal products, fuelling intensive farming both in the EU and abroad.


The DG AGRI study looked at evaluating the impact of 12 FTAs either currently being negotiated or concluded by the EU on the agricultural sector towards 2030. It found...


Imports excluded from welfare standards ...