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Parliamentary questions
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1 April 2016
Question for written answer E-002660-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dubravka Šuica (PPE)

 Subject:  Protection and welfare of farm animals in the EU
 Answer in writing 

A recently published Eurobarometer report on animal welfare showed that 94% of respondents consider the protection and welfare of farm animals to be important, while 82% of them feel that farm animals should be better protected than they are currently. Furthermore, the survey showed that most EU citizens are prepared to pay more for higher-quality products, that is animal products produced under humane conditions. Regrettably, there are still farms where people do not take responsibility for the protection and welfare of animals in terms of keeping, housing, feeding, protection from mistreatment, protection at the time of killing or slaughter, and protection from stress during transport.

What is the Commission doing to protect farm animals and to monitor farms? What is the Commission's view on standards that must be upheld when importing animal products into the EU?

Original language of question: HR 
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