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Parliamentary questions
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7 September 2018
Question for written answer P-004562-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Cristian-Silviu Buşoi (PPE)

 Subject:  Total ban on live animal exports
 Answer in writing 

After more than 13 years, the enforcement by Member States of Regulation (EC) 1/2005, which defines the responsibilities of all actors involved in the transport chain of live animals, remains extremely poor, and is worse still when it comes to live animal exports.

Moreover, the application of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling and OIE standards is almost non-existent in third countries, where European farmers’ animals suffer unimaginable pain and torture including piercing of the eyes, cutting of the tendons while alive and consecutive bleeding incisions.

These atrocities cause huge indignation to European citizens and strongly affect their trust in national and European animal welfare policies.

The most frequent publicly-mentioned solution is a total ban on exports of live animals and a shift to a trade in meat or carcasses, obtained locally in fixed or mobile slaughterhouses.

Does the Commission plan to introduce a ban on live animal exports and propose new business models for the European Union’s farmers?

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