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Parliamentary questions
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21 January 2015
Question for written answer E-000778-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Rikke Karlsson (ECR)

 Subject:  Animal transport
 Answer in writing 

Three million domestic animals are transported every year across Europe, mostly heading for the Middle East.

A independent study has shown that, after long journeys over land and sea, these animals undergo intolerable suffering during slaughter.

They are dragged through crowds, tied up with ropes, struck with iron bars, hung up by their legs, head downwards, and finally have their throats cut while still conscious.

Could the Commission please answer the following questions:
1. When will the transport of live animals be banned and replaced by the export of meat products?
2. In the mean time, should those countries where the treatment of animals is the worst be offered support to improve the treatment of animals for slaughter, as well as the slaughter methods themselves?
Original language of question: DA 
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