We want empty cages

Newly elected Members of the EU Parliament are being inducted in Brussels and Strasbourg. We want to remind them of the core value of the EU Institutions, democracy.

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Respect Democracy

EU Citizens have shown outstanding support for animal welfare. Our aim is to remind new MEPs that they’re democratic representatives of the people,  and the people are speaking loud and clear: 86% of EU Citizens support going cage-free and 94% support providing farm animals enough space to move around, lie down and stand. These voices cannot be left unheard.



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EU Citizens have spoken! The European Commission’s official polling published in October 2023, shows the outstanding support to ban cages and improve animal welfare. Help us remind the EU Institutions that their core value is democracy #EUCommission #EUParliament #EndTheCageAge

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End the Cage Age History: How We’ve Fought to Ban Cages

EU Commission approves the registration of End the Cage Age ECI


This was the year when seven European citizens initiated End The Cage Age; a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with a mission to ban cages in the farming industry. Over 170 organisations and caring citizens across Europe joined forces to raise awareness and mobilise the public. 

signatures to support the End the Cage Age campaign and movement


In September 2019, End the Cage Age marked its first success, gathering more than 1.4 million verified EU citizens’ signatures. This was an incredible achievement.

EU Commission commits to propose a cage-ban proposal


On 30 June 2021, the European Commission announced its historic commitment to revise the current EU legislation promising to:

1 ) Put forward a legislative proposal by the end of 2023 to phase out and finally prohibit the use of cages for hens, sows, calves, rabbits, ducks, geese and other farmed animals

2 ) Phase out the use of cages for farmed animals across Europe by 2027

3 ) Ensure that all imported products in the EU comply with future cage-free standards

4 ) Implement systems for incentives and financial support to European farmers during the transition to cage-free farming

This was a groundbreaking announcement that sparked hope towards animal welfare, and also towards the power of democracy within the EU. 

End the Cage Age stunt in front of the EU Commission building in Brussels


By the end of October 2023, the EU Commission missed its own deadline to publish the proposal to ban cages, to the disappointment of millions of European Citizens. But we never stopped fighting and made sure to be seen and heard.

End the Cage Age stunt in front of the EU Commission building in Brussels, Olga's Speech


In March, the Citizens’ Committee launched a legal action against the European Commission for not complying with its ECI obligations, and for failing to publish its proposals for a cage ban on time. Success in the European Court of Justice will bring the cage ban one step closer.

This is a fight not only for our animals. This is a fight for our democracy too. That’s why our voices are important.



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We want to gather thousands of voices so the European Commission gets the message loud and clear: release the cage ban proposal NOW. Every voice counts. Show your support by sharing this video #WeWant4Animals and #EndTheCageAge

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Partners and Supporters of the End the Cage Age Movement

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The network for the 'End the Cage Age' European Citizens’ Initiative unites organisations under a common banner—to eliminate the use of cages in animal farming.

This movement is representative of the 94% of people in Europe who believe protecting the welfare of farm animals is important, and 82% who believe farm animals should be better protected. Cages are a desolate reflection on our society. 

Together we will End the Cage Age.

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Together we will end the cage age. Forever.