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Parliamentary questions
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29 June 2015
Question for written answer E-010525-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE) , Heidi Hautala (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Export of live cattle and sheep to third countries
 Answer in writing 

Eurostat data show the EU exports around two million cattle and sheep annually to the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. The Commission has repeatedly been given evidence showing that EU animals exported to this region are slaughtered in ways that cause extreme suffering and that regularly breach the OIE’s international standards on the welfare of animals at slaughter. The long journeys also produce great suffering. Recently thousands of sheep died on a voyage from Romania to Jordan.

In respect of these exports, what steps is the Commission taking to meet its obligation under Article 13 TFEU to pay full regard to animal welfare in formulating and implementing EU agriculture and transport policies?

What discussions has the Commission had with exporting Member States regarding the possibility of replacing live animal exports to this region with carcass exports?

The TAIEX workshop on welfare at slaughter held recently in Beirut is welcome. However, one workshop will on its own do little to help countries in this region improve their standards. What further steps does the Commission plan to take to help these countries to implement the OIE’s international standards on the welfare of animals at slaughter?

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