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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on monitoring the slaughter of pregnant cows

Mireille D’Ornano

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on monitoring the slaughter of pregnant cows  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 of 24 September 2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing,

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

A.  whereas in many European abattoirs heavily pregnant cows are being slaughtered, and their foetuses are dumped in bins even though some are perfectly formed;

B.  whereas this practice is legal and, for financial reasons, widespread, since a pregnant cow weighs more and can therefore be sold for a higher price;

C.  whereas, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), studies carried out in Germany, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg show that 10 to 15% of cows are pregnant when they are slaughtered;

D.  whereas the transport and slaughter of pregnant females that are more than 90% into their pregnancy is already banned under Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 of 22 December 2004;

1.  Encourages the Commission to organise, in conjunction with the Member States, awareness-raising campaigns on these practices;

2.  Calls on the Commission to propose that the Member States prohibit the slaughter of any cow in the last three months of its pregnancy.

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