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Parliamentary questions
10 May 2011
E-004546/2011
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Bart Staes (Verts/ALE)

 Subject: Cruel mistreatment of Argentinian horses for slaughter intended for consumption in Europe
 Answer(s) 

I have recently received reports of cruel mistreatment of Argentinian horses for slaughter intended for consumption in Europe. Photographs taken by the animal rights organisation GAIA in Argentina show that the horses are seriously undernourished and neglected. Some have untended wounds or broken legs, some have fallen down and are being bitten by dogs, and other similar cruelties are inflicted. After similar abuses were observed last year in Mexico and Brazil, a number of major department-store chains decided not to sell horsemeat from those countries any longer. However, much of the horsemeat which is currently on sale comes from Argentina, where the same abuses and mistreatment occur. The animal rights organisation is calling for a halt to the sale of horsemeat from Latin America.

Is the Commission aware of these cruel practices? Will it — insofar as lies within its power — take action against them? What steps, if any, has it already taken in the past to prevent such practices?

Original language of question: NLOJ C 314 E, 27/10/2011
Last updated: 13 May 2011Legal notice