Turkeys are the third most farmed animal in the EU after chickens and pigs. Last year alone, 190 million turkeys were slaughtered across the EU. Nevertheless, legally binding husbandry standards to improve the welfare for turkeys are missing on EU level. This needs to change!
Such standards must be based on current scientific knowledge and best practice. For example, Austria is one of the few countries which has national, binding minimum standards for Turkeys. In an area with 100 turkeys in Austria, 150 or even more turkeys are often crammed together in other EU countries.
Poor farming conditions of turkeys show how much our agricultural system has gone out of control: from animals bred for extreme growth, especially of the breast, kept in high density without daylight and without being able to perform even the most basic behaviours, to beak trimming and high use of antibiotics. We simply cannot just stand by and watch.
The aim of this initiative is to achieve legal minimum welfare standards for turkeys across the EU. We also demand welfare labelling in retail and gastronomy and the reduction of the use of antibiotics in animal farming.
We therefore call on the European Commission and EU member states to set legal minimum standards in turkey farming. We need legally binding minimum #StandardsForTurkeys in the EU - now!
Sarah Wiener, chef and Member of the European Parliament, Die Grünen (Austria)