Written Question: Livestock farmers in Lesbos despair over the slaughter of their animals by armed illegal immigrants

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 18 March 2021

Question for written answer E-001492/2021/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ioannis Lagos (NI)

Subject: Livestock farmers in Lesbos despair over the slaughter of their animals by armed illegal immigrants

Farmers in Lesbos are in despair as gangs of illegal immigrants armed with knives roam the mountains, lying in wait for farm animals. The immigrants are familiar with the use of knives and as such are able to slaughter entire herds undisturbed. According to the farmers, these immigrants are brazenly decimating their herds, which they rely on to provide an income for them and their families. It takes at least two years for an animal to be reared and to begin making a profit for farmers, who have to care for it, feed it and put in endless hours of work, whatever the weather. The police are helpless to deal with the immigrants’ criminal behaviour, although one has to wonder how the immigrants are able to enter and leave the area with knives and bags of meat unchallenged.

In the light of the above:

  1. By what means does the Commission intend to protect farms and ensure the safety of livestock farmers in Lesbos affected by the scourge of illegal immigration?
  2. Does it intend to create disincentives for illegal immigrants in order to stem flows to the Greek islands and to Evros?
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