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Parliamentary questions
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6 March 2017
Question for written answer E-001534-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jeppe Kofod (S&D)

 Subject:  Stop the terrible cruelty while exporting and transporting live animals
 Answer in writing 

Animals International & Eurogroup for Animals, in collaboration with Tierschutzbund Zürich/Animal Welfare Foundation (TSB/AWF) just presented new and overwhelming video evidence of systematic and horrific abuse of animals in livestock exports from Europe to Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa(1).

The terrible examples include an impromptu caesarean performed on a cow to remove its dead calf at a truck rank. The cow is fully conscious and does not receive any anaesthesia nor pain relief. After the caesarean has been performed, attempts are made to load the cow back on the truck with its entrails hanging down the side, in the hope that the animal can still be sold for slaughter. After repeated attempts, they give up and kill the cow by cutting its throat. It takes about five minutes for the cow to die.

1. How will the Commission intervene to stop these horrible assaults on live animals?2. Will it immediately enforce the applicable rules, including the need for Member States to have control over such matters?3. Will it endorse the request made by Eurogroup for Animals and the undersigned to change these exports from the export of live animals into the export of meat, so that the slaughtering will take place only within the borders of EU?


Original language of question: DA 
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