EU Petition on the abolition of Council Regulation No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing

The applicant Julita Boucher (French) has submitted a EU Petition No 1085/2014 on the abolition of Council Regulation No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing

Summary of the Petition:

In her very detailed petition, the petitioner demands the abolition of this regulation since it authorises in its article 4 the killing of animals without prior stunning on religious grounds. According to her, this measure breaches the main purpose of the regulation, which is to protect the animals from pain and fear during the killing process. She mentions that the internal inconsistency of this regulation has already been underlined by the Economic and Social Committee1 in its opinion on the proposal of this regulation, and that it also provided modern solutions to combine religious rituals with prior stunning. She estimates it all the more regrettable as there are abuses of this derogation for ritual purposes, with a generalisation of this practice even for the meat destined to the majority of citizens (without an adequate labelling informing them of this practice), as a resolution of the Parliament stated in 2012 (art.49).2 Finally, she mentions as an example of balancing animal protection and religious practices the European Court of Human Rights case law.3

1 http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:52009AE0341&from=EN

2 http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+TA+P7-TA-2012-0290+0+DOC+PDF+V0//EN

3 In particular the ruling Cha'are Shalow Ve Tsedek v. France (2000) 

Please find here the complete text: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&reference=PE-564.889&format=PDF&language=EN&secondRef=01

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Denmark outlaws ritual slaughter without stunning

Following Sweden and Poland, last week, Denmark outlawed slaughter without preliminary stunning. The prohibition is applying up from this week on all the Danish territory. Answering to the protest of the jewish and muslim community, Dan Joergensen, Danish Minister and also former MEP said Animal rights come before religion”.

More information on http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Denmark-outlaws-Jewish-and-Muslim-ritual-slaughter-as-of-next-week-341433

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