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Parliamentary questions
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11 July 2012
Question for written answer E-006913/2012
to the Commission
Rule 117
Dan Jørgensen (S&D)

 Subject: Welfare of animals at slaughter in Turkey and Egypt
 Answer in writing 

A new film by Compassion in World Farming reveals that animals undergo extreme suffering during slaughter in Turkey and Egypt. In addition, a detailed independent survey reports serious animal welfare problems in many Turkish slaughterhouses.

Has the Commission, in the context of negotiations regarding Turkey’s application to join the EU, made an assessment of Turkey’s progress in moving towards compliance with EU legislation on the welfare of animals at slaughter?
Has the Commission discussed with Turkey what steps it needs to take to comply with that legislation?
Is the Commission prepared to help Turkey, as a candidate country, with the development of slaughterhouse management skills, the training of slaughterhouse workers and the improvement of slaughterhouse infrastructure?
Is the Commission prepared to discuss with Egypt, as a country covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy, what steps it needs to take to implement the recommendations of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on the welfare of animals at slaughter?
Is the Commission prepared to help Egypt in taking steps to substantially improve slaughter practices?

 OJ C 263 E, 12/09/2013
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