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Keep Cows on Grass

The 27 countries of the European Union make it the world’s largest producing region of cow milk. The farming of dairy cows is currently under threat of intensification as more cows are becoming housed indoors. We want to halt the development of intensive dairy farming in the European Union. Failure to act on this threat represents a high risk of irreversible change with extreme consequences for our food, farmers and communities, locally and nationally.

As the trend towards intensification grows rapidly and cows increasingly become housed indoors permanently – it is becoming more common that cows never get to chew a blade of fresh grass.

You can support our campaign for humane, sustainable, pasture-based systems for milk production by playing your part. We are asking consumers to put pressure on retailers by asking questions about the origins of their milk and the welfare of the animals that supply it. Retailers can provide better information about their milk sources and the welfare of the cows that supply it. WSPA will continue to lobby in Europe for positive policies that support a pasture-based dairy industry that supports farmers and their livelihoods.

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WSPA the world’s leading animal welfare charity, works tirelessly to end animal cruelty. We passionately believe that animal welfare matters.

We believe animal cruelty must end - whether that’s cruelty against animals in the wild, living in the community, caught up in a disaster or being farmed.

We put animal welfare on the global agenda and show that what’s good for animals is good for the world.

WSPA is the only international organisation with full time, trained staff, who provide an immediate and global response for animals in disasters; whether that’s responding to disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti or Tsunami in Japan. We also help communities take working animals and pets into account when preparing for a disaster.

We run global campaigns that seek to improve the lives of billions of animals. For example, our Red Collar Campaign calls for a halt to the culling of 20 million dogs a year, mainly in response to a fear of rabies.

We have been around since 1981. We are active in more than 50 countries in Asia Pacific, Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East and hold special consultative status at the UN and the Council of Europe.

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