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Parliamentary questions
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18 October 2016
Question for written answer E-007841-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Krzysztof Hetman (PPE) , Jarosław Kalinowski (PPE)

 Subject:  Methods of stunning animals
 Answer in writing 

Under Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 of 24 September 2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing, animals may only be killed after being stunned in accordance with the methods and specific requirements related to the application of those methods set out in Annex I. One of the methods of stunning listed in that annex is a ‘percussive blow to the head’, meaning a firm and accurate blow to the head in order to stun the animal. Under the regulation, this method is permitted for piglets, lambs, kids, rabbits, hares, fur animals and poultry up to 5 kg live weight. The regulation does not allow for the method to be used for pigs.

Is the Commission planning to make arrangements that would allow individual farmers to stun pigs for their own consumption in an easy and humane manner?

Original language of question: PL 
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