MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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13.9.2016
PE589.626v01-00
 
B8-1037/2016

pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure


on eliminating the practice of castrating pigs


Sophie Montel, Florian Philippot

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on eliminating the practice of castrating pigs  
B8-1037/2016

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas animal welfare associations have drawn attention to the practice of castration in a number of pig farms, a practice which causes the animals considerable pain as no anaesthetic is administered;

 

B.  whereas 25 million pigs are reared every year in France alone, primarily for their meat;

 

C.  whereas 95% of pigs are kept packed into overcrowded buildings, on slatted floors or in cramped conditions, and are not given proper space to lead a natural life;

 

D.  whereas the practice of castration has already been banned in several EU Member States;

 

E.  whereas these practices must be abolished as a matter of urgency, especially given the existence of alternatives;

 

1.Calls on the Commission to examine ways in which ending the castration of pigs could be included in national strategies for improving animal welfare.

 

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