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Parliamentary questions
12 July 2018
E-002865/2018
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission

Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing(1) requires that animals shall be spared any avoidable pain, distress or suffering during their killing and shall only be killed after stunning.

However, under the same regulation a specific derogation is foreseen in the case of animals subject to particular methods of slaughter prescribed by religious rites: in this case the stunning requirement does not apply provided that the slaughter takes place in a slaughterhouse(2).

It is primarily the responsibility of the competent authorities of the Member States to ensure that the requirements of the EU legislation are met.

(1)Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 of 24 September 2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing (OJ L 303, 18.11.2009, p. 1).
(2)Respectively Article 4(1) and 4(4) of the regulation.

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