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Parliamentary questions
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10 May 2021
E-002470/2021
Question for written answer  E-002470/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Gianantonio Da Re (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: ‘Halal’ Islamic slaughtering method. Clarification with regard to consumer protection and compatibility with animal welfare legislation.

Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union recognises animals as sentient beings and stipulates that when certain EU policies are framed and implemented, due regard must be paid to animal welfare requirements. In 2012, the Commission adopted the European Union Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals (2012-2015), while Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 governs, in particular, the protection of animals at the time of killing. Although that regulation provides for the killing of an animal only after it has been stunned, it also permits religious slaughter, such as halal slaughter, according to which ‘animals may be killed without prior stunning, provided that the slaughter takes place in a slaughterhouse’.

Can the Commission therefore answer the following questions:

1. Does it not think that the Islamic halal slaughter method, according to which the animal must remain conscious while its trachea and arteries are cut until it dies after fully bleeding to death, is fundamentally incompatible with current European animal welfare standards, which are among the highest in the world?

2. What measures has it taken, and will it take, to verify the labelling of halal meat in order to protect and safeguard consumers?

Original language of question: IT
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