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10 February 2020
Question for oral answer O-000016/2020/rev.4
to the Commission
Rule 136
Sirpa Pietikäinen, Emil Radev, Petri Sarvamaa, Sarah Wiener, Petra De Sutter, Klaus Buchner, Heidi Hautala, Marie Toussaint, Yannick Jadot, David Cormand, Tilly Metz, Bas Eickhout, Francisco Guerreiro, Ernest Urtasun, Nikolaj Villumsen, Manuel Bompard, Younous Omarjee, Clare Daly, Anja Hazekamp, Malin Björk, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Rosa D'Amato, Ignazio Corrao, Eleonora Evi, Piernicola Pedicini, Frédérique Ries, Hilde Vautmans, Pascal Durand, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Petras Auštrevičius, Martin Hojsík, Maria Noichl, Niels Fuglsang, Sylwia Spurek, Leszek Miller, Annika Bruna, Virginie Joron, Catherine Griset, Aurelia Beigneux
 Subject: Animal welfare and the new Green Deal

Current animal welfare legislation is outdated and does not reflect the latest scientific developments. It lacks efficiency and clarity, which leads to discrepancies in its application and creates a competitive disadvantage for producers in certain Member States. Moreover, most animals are not covered by species-specific legislation. Parliament has repeatedly requested legislative changes. It has recently called for revisions of the Transport of Animals Regulation and the Broiler Directive. Eurobarometer surveys, the Commission’s consultation on the future of Europe, and the successful European citizens’ initiative entitled ‘End the Cage Age’ showed that citizens want more action to be taken on animal welfare. Moreover, animal welfare is closely connected to the development of a sustainable and circular food system since industrial farming contributes to significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, soil and water pollution, the degradation of ecosystems, and the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Yet, no legislative proposal on animal welfare was launched during the last legislative term.

We would welcome answers from the Commission to the following questions:

1. Given President von der Leyen’s commitment to respond to Parliament’s calls for legislation with draft proposals, does the Commission intend to present legislative proposals on animal welfare during this term?

2. Will animal welfare be fully integrated into the new Green Deal, the Farm to Fork strategy, and the Biodiversity Strategy?

3. Will the Commission increase the financial and human resources allocated to animal welfare?

Submitted: 10/02/2020

Lapses: 11/05/2020

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