The Commission has received complaints on certain failures to respect Community legislation on animal welfare during the celebration of the festival of Eid-el-Kabir in France and in Belgium.
The Commission have been in regular contact with the corresponding national authorities concerning this matter and no outdoor sites are organised today with the support of the authorities.
Data provided by the French authorities regarding the 2005 celebration indicated that nearly all of the sheep were slaughtered in officially approved slaughterhouses or temporarily approved slaughterhouses. Illegal slaughter seems to be decreasing. However in some cases, welfare conditions for slaughtering the animals were not satisfactory
The Commission will continue to closely collaborate with the national authorities to improve the situation.