It is the right time to highlight the importance of animal rights and to defend their interests in the European Union. The theme of the debate was: "Why do we need a European Commissioner for Animal Welfare?"
This discussion brought together the Flemish Minister for Animal Welfare Ben Weyts, the President of the animal defense association GAIA, Michel Vandenbosch, various MEPs from all political groups, as well as Adolfo Sansolini, Coordinator of the #EuforAnimals campaign.
Niels Fuglsang (S&D, Denmark), Tilly Metz (Greens, Luxembourg), Manon Aubri (The Left, France) and Anna Bonfrisco (ID, Italy) explained why having Animal Welfare clearly included in the job title of an EU Commissioner is need to ensure more transparency, accountability, and the allocation of adequate resources to solve the countless problems that still affect billions of animals in Europe.
Fabrizio Fabbri from Coop Italia, one of the largest supermarket chains in Italy, emphasised that having an EU Commissioner explicitly in charge of animal welfare would be very important for progressive retailers and farmers, because this clear responsibility would support the efforts of those who trade in animal products but want to see the way animals are treated improved, not only through the higher standards that they are already adopting on a voluntary basis.