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Parliamentary questions
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14 November 2016
Question for written answer P-008538-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jean-Paul Denanot (S&D)

 Subject:  Welfare of animals in abattoirs
 Answer in writing 

An employee of the abattoir in Limoges has leaked videos of slaughtered cows with their foetuses. The appalling images show live foetuses being thrown in a waste bin. This slaughtering practice would seem to be widespread in France and, probably, in Europe as a whole, and is only one of many which are unacceptable in today’s world.

The Commission should now take steps to halt these barbaric activities, which are not only causing a public outcry, but are also damaging to farmers and all the animal production sectors, which are already in the throes of serious crises.

1. Is the Commission aware of these inhumane practices?

2. Does it take the view that they could be stamped out by rigorously applying the provisions of the laws already in force governing the protection of animals during slaughter?

3. If not, what changes, if any, should be made to the existing laws?

Original language of question: FR 
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