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Parliamentary questions
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31 August 2020
Answer given by Ms Kyriakides
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003840/2020

1. The EU legislation on the protection of animals at the time of killing lays down rules for the killing of animals bred or kept for the production of food, wool, skin, fur or other products as well as the killing of animals for the purpose of depopulation(1). The protection of lambs and sheep at the time of killing falls already under the scope of the current Regulation.

Concerning the possible revision of the animal welfare legislation the Commission has started this process within the framework of the Farm to Fork Strategy. The main goals are to align the existing legislation with the latest scientific evidence, allow better enforcement and ultimately ensure a higher level of animal welfare. This process includes the legislation for the protection of animals at slaughter.

2. Commission experts carry out risk-based controls in all Member States, including France, to verify the correct implementation of EC law, including regulations concerning the protection of animals. The Commission has neither detected nor received conclusive evidence that the French authorities have systematically failed to implement EU rules regarding the issues raised in the question.

3. The labelling provisions in the regulation on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs(2) offer adequate protection to consumers and are subject to official controls. Moreover, this regulation applies without prejudice to other specific Union provisions, relating to the placing of products on the market; accordingly, this encompasses inter alia food labelling and animal welfare rules.

(1)COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 1099/2009 of 24 September 2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing. OJ L 303/1 18.11.2009.
(2)Regulation (EU) 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 November 2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs, OJ L 343, 14.12.2012, p. 1.
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