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Parliamentary questions
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25 June 2018
Question for written answer E-003441-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Joëlle Mélin (ENF)

 Subject:  Transportation conditions for live animals
 Answer in writing 

In 2009 alone, more than one billion poultry and 37 million live animals crossed European borders. However, journeys to slaughterhouses or fattening facilities usually take more than 30 hours, and sometimes as long as 70 hours, which inflicts suffering upon the animals.

Several studies have indeed shown that animal suffering increases with transportation time. A report issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) emphasises that there ‘must be a reduction in the journey time’ for live animals in order to limit the risk of epidemics linked to transporting them.

The European Parliament has also asked the Commission to amend the legislation and limit the transportation time for animals being taken for slaughter to eight hours.

The Stop The Trucks petition, which calls for an end to long-distance transportation of live animals, has received more than 1.1 million signatures. The Commission has launched audits in several counties, focusing mainly on the transportation of live animals to non-European countries.

Given the above, could the Commission provide the results of these audits and explain what action it plans to take as a result of them?

Original language of question: FR 
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