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Parliamentary questions
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27 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005985-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jérôme Lavrilleux (PPE)

 Subject:  Minimum standards for the living conditions of animals farmed for food
 Answer in writing 

In early November 2018, the activist association L214 published a video showing acts of animal cruelty, which led to the temporary closure of a certified organic abattoir in Indre, France.

The French Minister for Agriculture, Didier Guillaume, launched an administrative investigation. A number of Member States are dealing with multiple animal abuse scandals. In spite of the importance the European Union attaches to food safety, it would appear, that animal health and welfare measures are not being properly applied.

What is more, these scandals point to serious issues with the application of directives on the protection of livestock and on the protection of animals at the time of slaughter or killing. Giving animals respectable living conditions is an essential part of preventing the spread of diseases and thereby guaranteeing food safety.

Under the various directives, the Commission’s veterinary experts can carry out checks in cooperation with the relevant authorities. Is the Commission planning to step up efforts to monitor slaughterhouses?

Original language of question: FR 
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