Slaughter without stunning and enforcement of Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009


Key Words : possibility for MS to grant higher animal welfare standards for slaughtering

Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE)
12 November 2013


In Article 26 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 it is clearly stated that Member States are entitled to grant animals more extensive protection than that which is enshrined in EU rules. Furthermore, it obliges Member States to inform the Commission about such rules and obliges the Commission to inform other Member States about them:

‘Before 1 January 2013, Member States shall inform the Commission about such national rules. The Commission shall bring them to the attention of the other Member States.’

It has become evident that there have been problems regarding the availability of information about which countries practise slaughter without stunning and which do not. This part of the regulation is not being properly implemented, as Member States have not provided data about their legislative provisions.

How has the Commission acted to enforce this part of the regulation?

Will the Commission make sure that Member States report on the enforcement of the derogation on slaughter without stunning?

Answer :

8 January 2014

Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission

There are at present, sixteen Member States which provided information regarding stricter national rules as foreseen by Article 26 of Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing(1). These rules are not necessarily related to slaughter without stunning since other national rules may be permitted in this context.

The Commission is considering what would be the best way to inform all Member States of these national rules.

(1) OJ L 303, 18.11.2009, p. 1.