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Parliamentary questions
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29 April 2015
E-006778-15
Question for written answer E-006778-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL) , Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL) , Janusz Wojciechowski (ECR)

 Subject:  EU Animal Welfare Strategy 2012-2015
 Answer in writing 

The EU Animal Welfare Strategy 2012-2015 emphasises the EU’s intention to increase transparency and the provision of adequate information, empowering consumers to make informed choices so that the market can drive further improvements in farm animal welfare.

The guiding principle of the strategy is that ‘everyone is responsible’. However, it is very difficult for consumers to drive improvements in animal welfare if they are unable to accurately identify the farming system used to produce meat and dairy products for purchase.

Does the Commission agree that confusing labelling of meat and dairy products represents a significant challenge for the Commission’s ambitions for farm animal welfare, as described in the EU Animal Welfare Strategy 2012-2015?

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