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21 October 2009
by John Bufton (EFD)
to the Commission

 Subject: Failure of all Member States to implement EU Regulation (EC) 1/2005 with regard to horse transportation
 Answer in writing 

Animal welfare organisations have uncovered evidence of a consistent lack of enforcement of EU Regulation (EC) 1/2005(1) relating to the transfer of live horses across Europe for transportation to slaughter. The breaches include no individual partitions, failure to feed, rest and water horses and lorries travelling large distances non-stop.

As a result horses are suffering needlessly.

Will the Commission exert pressure on individual Member States, to enforce this law more rigorously?

What is more, as there are sufficient slaughterhouses within the European Union, will the Commission amend Regulation (EC) 1/2005, to limit the amount of time that a horse may be transported to slaughter to no more than nine hours?

(1)OJ L 3, 5.1.2005, p. 1.

 OJ C 10 E, 14/01/2011
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