Procedure : 2018/2858(RSP)
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B8-0487/2018

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P8_TA(2018)0429

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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17.10.2018
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B8-0487/2018

further to Question for Oral Answer B8‑0410/2018

pursuant to Rule 128(5) of the Rules of Procedure


on animal welfare, antimicrobial use and the environmental impact of industrial broiler farming (2018/2858(RSP))


Jørn Dohrmann, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, Stanisław Ożóg, Beata Gosiewska on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on animal welfare, antimicrobial use and the environmental impact of industrial broiler farming (2018/2858(RSP))  
B8‑0487/2018

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its resolution of 26 November 2015 on a new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020(1),

–  having regard to the 2017 EU One Health Action Plan against Antimicrobial Resistance,

–  having regard to the Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council of 13 April 2018 on the application of Directive 2007/43/EC and its influence on the welfare of chickens kept for meat production, as well as the development of welfare indicators (COM(2018)0181),

–  having regard to the agreement on the Veterinary Medicinal Products Regulation reached on 5 June 2018,

–  having regard to the question to the Commission on animal welfare, antimicrobial use and the environmental impact of industrial broiler farming (O-000095/2018 – B8‑0410/2018),

–  having regard to Rules 128(5) and 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the Broiler Directive lays down minimum standards for the protection of chickens kept for meat production;

B.  whereas an agreement on the Veterinary Medicinal Products Regulation was reached on 5 June 2018;

C.  whereas the EU is a major global producer of broilers, with the poultry sector employing over a quarter of a million people and 23 000 large broiler farms in Europe;

D.  whereas the Commission’s recent implementation report failed to demonstrate any significant animal welfare improvements, and showed that enforcement is at best inconsistent across Member States;

E.  whereas overuse of antimicrobial veterinary medicines, especially as growth promoters and for metaphylaxis and prophylaxis, has been one of the major factors influencing antimicrobial resistance;

F.  whereas pollution from industrial farming is increasing and could have severe effects on the air, soil and water;

G.  whereas enforcement of the 2007 Directive is neither uniform nor effective;

1.  Welcomes the agreement on the Veterinary Medicinal Products Regulation reached on 5 June 2018; hopes it will lead to ending the use of medicines as growth promoters in food sold on the European market, and will restrict the use of medicines for meta- and prophylaxis to strictly necessary cases; hopes also that it will facilitate innovation in the field of veterinary medicine thus contributing to combating antimicrobial resistance;

2.  Stresses that antimicrobials are essential for veterinary and human medicine to treat infectious and zoonotic bacterial diseases;

3.  Notes that inappropriate use of antimicrobials could render them ineffective, which would consequently be a danger for human health;

4.  Stresses that improving animal husbandry techniques will lead to a better quality of life for poultry and reduce the need to use antimicrobials, examples of such improvements being providing natural light, clean air and more space, and reducing ammonia;

5.  Stresses that antimicrobials must neither be used routinely, nor to compensate for poor animal husbandry practices, but should only be used for treatment purposes as prescribed by a veterinary surgeon when specific cases of disease or infection have been diagnosed in order to avoid a welfare issue;

6.  Stresses that unfair competition will lead to an uneven playing field, as those who are non-compliant price those who comply with the rules out of the market;

7.  Stresses that the same rules should apply to imported products;

8.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission and to the Member States.

 

(1)

OJ C 366, 27.10.2017, p. 149.

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