11 September 2012
Carl Schlyter (Verts/ALE)
In its recent answer(1) to my written question regarding possible species-specific legislation on the welfare of dairy cows, the Commission referred to the EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals 2012-2015(2), which acknowledges that ‘no specific EU legislation exists covering other species of farm animals (such as dairy cows, beef cattle or rabbits) despite several problems which have been highlighted by scientists and by the European Food Safety Authority’. However, in the annex entitled ‘Actions foreseen’, attached to the same document, there are no references to dairy cows.
1. Can the Commission provide a time-specific, concrete outline for measures to improve the welfare of cows, given the fact that problems have been highlighted both by scientists and by the EFSA?(3)(4)
2. To what extent will the Commission proceed with legislative measures to improve the welfare situation on dairy farms?
Answer given by Mr Šefčovič on behalf of the Commission:
The Commission does not envisage at this stage to propose specific legislative measures on the welfare of dairy cows since it considers that priority should be first given to improve the implementation of current legislation for animal welfare, as presented in the EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals 2012-2015(1).
(1) COM(2012)6 final.