International cooperation with other organizations

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We share information and expertise with a variety of other animal welfare and animal rights organizations at both a national and an international level. We also organize joint projects with organizations both here in Germany and abroad. Organizations of note include Anima (anima.dk), Compassion in World Farming (www.ciwf.org), Humane Society of the United States (humanesociety.org), Otwarte Klatki (otwarteklatki.pl), ProVeg (proveg.com) and The Humane League (thehumaneleague.org).

As part of our cage-free campaign, we collaborate closely with The Humane League and the Open Wing Alliance (openwingalliance.org). The Open Wing Alliance campaigns to free egg-laying hens from cages all over the world. Its activities include global campaigns against international companies that have not signaled any intention to introduce a cage-free policy. We help the Open Wing Alliance to bring about global cage-free commitments (even if most of the relevant companies in Germany stopped using cage eggs years ago).

As part of a worldwide campaign we launched a petition calling on food giant General Mills to stop using cage eggs anywhere in the world. The campaign was a success, and we are proud to have played a small role in securing this.

Since spring 2018, we – along with 55 other organizations – have been pressuring Starbucks, the world’s biggest coffeehouse chain, to stop using cage eggs in its more than 27,000 outlets. Since the campaign is on the verge of a successful conclusion, it is currently on hold.

We also seek to raise standards in the broiler chicken industry. We – along with a range of other organizations from other countries – are calling on IKEA to significantly raise the broiler chicken standards for the meat in its restaurants. This campaign, too, is on hold because IKEA has expressed a willingness to act.

Together with the Swiss fair-fish organization (fair-fish.ch), we called on the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) to incorporate the animal welfare standards in its aquaculture seal. The ASC (currently) does not intend to do this on a large scale, but does plan to develop animal welfare modules.

We have been campaigning together with other organizations such as Compassion in World Farming and Animal Equality to convince the majority of European Parliament members to vote for a ban on keeping rabbits for fattening in cages. This campaign was a success. This is an important step on the road toward a Europe-wide ban on cage fattening.

We support a range of other international campaigns – especially those launched by Compassion in World Farming – by doing our own campaigning, including:

  • A social media campaign to expose poor welfare standards on Italian dairy farms that supply milk for Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano,
  • The campaign »Stop Live Transport: International Awareness Day« to end the long distance transport of animals,
  • The call for a ban on all cages for farm animals with over 140 organizations in a European Citizens’ Initiative – a mass petition that EU citizens can use to force the European Commission to consider legislation.
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