Written Question: Animal cruelty

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 17 March 2021

Question for written answer E-001468/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Peter Lundgren (ECR)

Subject: Animal cruelty

Last year it came to light that animals for export to the Middle East were being subjected to cruelty. The temperature at the port of Cartagena was over 34°C and the animals showed signs of heat stress as they were shut up in lorries for several hours. Video footage shows frightened, exhausted animals being moved using violent methods that are forbidden under the EU’s Animal Transport Regulation. The animals were either lifted or dragged by their heads, ears, legs or horns. It was also clear that some of the animals were not fit for transport as they were seriously injured. Some of the animals fell into the sea while making desperate attempts to escape. That summer more than 346 800 cattle and sheep were exported from Spain to the Middle East. For several years now, video footage and photographs have documented how animals are exported from the EU in terrible conditions, with journeys lasting hours and sometimes even days. On arrival, animals are often slaughtered in ways that do not even meet the minimum criteria laid down by the World Organisation for Animal Health.

  1. What is the Commission’s view of this horrific animal cruelty that has occurred in a Member State?
  2. What action has the Commission taken to follow up on this to ensure that Member States comply with the rules and that this does not happen again?
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