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Parliamentary questions
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3 June 2016
Question for written answer E-004622-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Banning the force feeding of geese and ducks
 Answer in writing 

The report entitled ‘The Welfare of Ducks during Foie Gras Production’(1) states that ‘[w]ith force-feeding the duck lacks control over an aspect of its life that is crucial to its survival, the ingestion of appropriate quantities of an appropriate diet. This loss of control leads to very poor welfare’.

The recommendations of the Council of Europe concerning geese and Muscovy ducks and their hybrids, which are covered under EC law, state that ‘the production of foie gras shall be carried out only where it is current practice and then only in accordance with standards laid down in domestic law. In any case, the competent authorities shall monitor this type of production to ensure the implementation of the provisions of the recommendation.’

1. What are the results of monitoring this type of production to ensure the implementation of the provisions of the recommendation?

2. To what extent does the Commission consider national legislation that allows practices leading to very poor animal welfare compatible with the recommendation and other EC law?

3. Given the abovementioned reports, is the Commission willing to ban the force-feeding of geese and ducks completely?

(1)Cambridge University Animal Welfare Information Service, 2015.

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