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Parliamentary questions
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19 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Álvaro Amaro, José Manuel Fernandes
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Application of the national law enacted to transpose Directive 120/2008/EC

The legal framework governing pig farming in Portugal, governed by Decree-Law No 135/2003, lays down minimum standards for the protection of pigs kept for the purposes of rearing or fattening and transposes Directive 91/630/EEC into Portuguese law.

In response to the DG SANTE action plan against routine tail-docking in pigs, designed to help Member States correctly and effectively Directive 120/2008/EC, Portugal instituted its own action plan to eliminate this practice. The Commission's “advisory recommendations from 'tails' experts to competent authorities and pig sector” reiterate these instructions.

According to information from the Portuguese pig farming sector, the General Directorate for Agriculture and Rural Development (DGADR) will not licence pig farms which plan for a minimum area of over 0.65 m2 per pig. This flies in the face of these efforts to prevent tail-docking.

Does the Commission believe this to be an acceptable interpretation of the legislation?

Is this not a direct breach of EU European recommendations in this area, causing serious damage to Portuguese pig farmers who merely wish to follow best practice in animal welfare and give their pigs more space?


Supporters (1)

(1) This question is supported by Members other than the authors: Lídia Pereira (PPE), Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar (PPE)
Original language of question: PT
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