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Motherhood film highlights cruelty of cages

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News Section Icon Published 07/05/2021

We have commissioned a new short film, Motherhood, about life in intensive pig farms, created by Dutch filmmaker Eline Helena Schellekens and editor Kate Morgan.

The release of this new film, which showcases the lives of sows in intensive pig farms across the EU, comes at a key moment for End the Cage Age campaign, following the European Parliament’s hearing on 15 April, where the Initiative was met with overwhelming support.

 

Caged units of production

Motherhood shows how the majority of sows in the EU live their motherhood. They are reduced from highly sentient animals to caged units of production,” says Olga Kikou, Head of Compassion in World Farming EU.

The EU must to phase out all cages in the EU and ensure equivalent standards of animal welfare on meat, dairy and egg imports coming into the EU,” she added. "We now look to the European Commission to make good on its promise to phase out cages by revising the 1998 directive on farmed animals as soon as possible."

1.4 million citizens unite against cages

The ‘End the Cage Age’ European Citizens' Initiative was signed by 1.4 million people across Europe and is only the sixth successful Initiative since the EU launched this democracy tool ten years ago. It is the very first successful Initiative for farmed animals.

The Initiative is also supported by over 170 organisations, a group of cross-party Members of the European Parliament, the European Committee of the Regions, a group of over 140 scientists representatives of the business community and veterinary students and vets.

Schuman Square, October 2019
Schuman Square, October 2019
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