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Parliamentary questions
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21 October 2015
E-014037-15
Question for written answer E-014037-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marlene Mizzi (S&D)

 Subject:  Monitoring the enforcement of EU animal welfare legislation
 Answer in writing 

The 1998 Scahaw report concluded that ‘force-feeding, as currently practised, is detrimental to the welfare of the birds’. The Council of Europe Recommendations of 22 June 1999 concerning Muscovy ducks and their hybrids state that Member States allowing foie gras production are to encourage research on alternative production methods other than ‘gavage’, while not prohibiting the production of foie gras in territories where it is a traditional product.

In light of the above, can the Commission clarify how it is monitoring the enforcement of the existing EU animal welfare legislation in relation to foie gras production?

What alternatives to force-feeding have been adopted and where?

Is force-feeding still practised, and what actions have been undertaken to phase it out?

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