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Parliamentary questions
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21 April 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sylwia Spurek
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Research into force-feeding of animals to produce foie gras

In its answer to question E-000179/2020 of 12 March 2020, the Commission wrote that ‘scientists have different opinions regarding the extent to which the welfare of animals is compromised during the production of foie gras’. At the same time, in the Commission’s view (answer to question E-000034/2015 of 11 March 2015 and others), Member States allowing foie gras production should encourage research on aspects relating to animal welfare and on alternative production methods other than ‘gavage’.

Other than analyses financed by the foie gras industry, such as the 2004 INRA report, no independent scientific studies have disproved the fact that force-feeding is detrimental to the welfare of birds.

In its answer to question E-001996/2017 of 4 May 2017, the Commission stated that it ‘does not have information on production methods’ since the time of the SCAHAW report in 1998, and in its reply to question E-008436/2016 of 22 December 2016, that it ‘has in the past received information from France and Hungary on research they have carried out regarding alternatives to force feeding of geese and ducks’, but that it does not have details.

1. Can the Commission provide the titles of any independent research confirming that force-feeding is not harmful to the welfare of birds?

2. Can the Commission clarify the above statements in the light of the objective information it has on the negative impact of foie gras production on animal welfare?

Original language of question: PL
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