Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
1. The Commission received from an animal welfare organisation a film(1) on the slaughter of animals allegedly taken in Egypt and other third countries.
2. The film shows acts that are prohibited under EC law, both for hygienic and animal welfare reasons. The conditions of handling and slaughter of animals are also contrary to the animal welfare standards on the slaughter of animals(2) of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
3. The Commission is constantly working to promote animal welfare internationally. In its communication on the EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals 2012‑2015(3), the Commission emphasises the needs to continue to include animal welfare in bilateral trade agreements as well as to remain active in promoting animal welfare at a multilateral level, most particularly within the OIE and the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO).