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Parliamentary questions
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27 April 2021
E-002263/2021
Question for written answer  E-002263/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Annika Bruna (ID), André Rougé (ID), Aurélia Beigneux (ID), Elżbieta Kruk (ECR)
 Subject: Stop imports of horsemeat from the ‘fields of horror’

Although 9.4% of the French population eats horsemeat, 80% of that sold in France – totalling 9 000 tonnes in 2019 – is imported.

In the absence of proper labelling, French consumers are unaware of the fact that most of the horsemeat they eat has therefore been imported, mainly from four countries: Argentina, Uruguay, Canada and Australia.

In these four countries, however, animals are bred and slaughtered under the most appalling conditions, to the extent that some holdings have been branded ‘fields of horror’. The horses are subjected to increasing cruelty: they are left starving with their wounds untreated, while rotting carcasses pile high (Argentina), endure freezing temperatures (Canada), and are subjected to brutal handling at slaughterhouses or die before they even get there (Australia).

Horses are also trafficked in these countries: a lack of traceability means stolen horses can be sold to unethical slaughterhouses. What is more, the imported horsemeat contains traces of medicinal substances that are banned in Europe.

1. Will the Commission allow Member States to make it mandatory for labels to indicate the precise origin of foodstuffs?

2. Will it remove these four countries from the list of those authorised to export horsemeat to the EU?

Supporter(1)

(1)This question is supported by a Member other than the authors: Jean-Paul Garraud (ID)
Original language of question: FR
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