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Parliamentary questions
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10 November 2020
Priority question for written answer  P-006096/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Marlene Mortler (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: On-farm slaughter

Many animals spend their entire lives on pasture and are slaughtered there in a mobile unit, with none of the fear or stress associated with transport to an abattoir. Many family farms are battling passionately for this.

However, I am very concerned at a development that seems to be posing an existential threat to farms and destroying their efforts to improve animal welfare. This concerns amendment of EU Regulation 853/2004, providing for a reduction in both the number of animal species and the number of animals slaughtered, when a mobile unit is used, in order to limit on-farm slaughter and the use of mobile units.

1. Is the Commission aware that this plan contradicts the European Green Deal and the Farm-to-Fork strategy, i.e. the scientifically proven concept of closed or regional circuits as called for by the EU?

2. How can the Commission ensure that there continues to be skilled and regionally based mobile on-farm slaughtering and processing whilst ensuring the highest animal welfare and quality standards and the consumer transparency that has repeatedly been called for?

3. What scope does the Commission see for making an innovative contribution to the debate on animal welfare and transport, and for strengthening the regionality of our food in line with the objectives of the Green Deal?

Original language of question: DE
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