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Parliamentary questions
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10 March 2017
Question for written answer E-001668-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Bart Staes (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Horsemeat imports from Canada
 Answer in writing 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1832 came into force on 28 February 2017. One of the provisions of the regulation requires that horses from the US remain in Canada for six months before slaughter. Independent investigations by NGOs such as TSB and AWF have revealed that conditions at Canadian feedlots are far below EU animal welfare standards. Horses are being kept in overcrowded, dirty conditions without shelter from inclement weather, access to the necessary veterinary and hoof care is virtually non-existent, wounded or sick horses are often left to die alone and newborn foals are left without care.

Do the feedlots of the Bouvry slaughter plant in Canada fall within the scope of Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 with respect to care and housing of horses?

What safeguards will the Commission put in place to ensure the welfare of horses from the US that, as a result of the new EU regulation, must now spend six months in Canadian feedlots?

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