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Recently, investigators visited 52 dairy farms in Spain, Germany and Denmark. What they found was shocking: including cows kept in cramped and squalid conditions, permanently tethered and suffering ill health.  

Europe’s animal welfare legislation means that, sadly, much of this poor treatment is currently legal. That’s right. Unlike many other animals, Europe’s 23 million dairy cows have no specific legislation covering their welfare – leaving them unprotected and at risk. Europe’s cows deserve better – and with your help we can deliver just that.  

Compassion in World Farming, the leading farm animal welfare charity, is campaigning for new laws that could get dairy cows the protection they so desperately need. An EU Dairy Directive would mean a vast, practical improvement in the lives of millions of cows. It would ensure that all dairy cows have healthy conditions, including:

- Outdoor access and grazing

- Clean, comfortable bedding

- Treatment for injury or illness

- No tethering

Dairy cows urgently need your compassion. If you’re sick and tired of seeing animals suffering, please sign our petition today and tell the European Commission to start protecting dairy cows.

Thank you.

Letter to
European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Dr. Tonio Borg
Europe's 23 million dairy cows don't have specific rules to protect their welfare as pigs and hens do. I think it's unfair and I believe we need to show our hard-working dairy cows some love.

Compassion in World Farming has joined forces with The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and ice-cream makers Ben & Jerry's to campaign for better dairy. I support them in calling for new legislation to improve the welfare of Europe's dairy cows.

I want you to use your influence to introduce a specific EU Directive to protect dairy cows. The campaign Supporting Better Dairy has a full proposal on the Directive content that I believe you should consider. You can view it at

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