Motion for a resolution - B8-0487/2018Motion for a resolution
B8-0487/2018

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on animal welfare, antimicrobial use and the environmental impact of industrial broiler farming

17.10.2018 - (2018/2858(RSP))

further to Question for Oral Answer B8‑0410/2018
pursuant to Rule 128(5) of the Rules of Procedure

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

See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B8-0484/2018

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B8‑0487/2018

European Parliament resolution on animal welfare, antimicrobial use and the environmental impact of industrial broiler farming

(2018/2858(RSP))

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.

 

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