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Parliamentary questions
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2 May 2016
Question for written answer E-003682-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE)

 Subject:  Relevance of the Welfare Quality project for foie gras production
 Answer in writing 

Welfare Quality was a project funded by the Commission as part of the Sixth Framework Programme, priority 5: food quality and safety.

Welfare Quality has produced protocols to assess the welfare of animals in various farming activities, and the Commission has often presented this work as something intended to be implemented in the drawing up and enforcement of farm animal legislation throughout Europe.

Although foie gras production was not part of the Welfare Quality assessment, poultry (broiler chickens and laying hens) were included in the programme, and some of those findings could apply to duck and geese farming too.

1. Does the Commission consider some of the Welfare Quality principles and findings to be transferrable to other farming systems — specifically duck and geese farming?

2. If so, does it consider foie gras production in the Member States to be in any way compatible with the Welfare Quality principles and findings that could apply to duck and geese farming too?

3. If not, should the Commission not plan actions aimed at bringing all activities linked to duck and geese farming — including foie gras production — in line with the principles and findings of the Welfare Quality project?

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