Animals

Slaughter & Stunning

Slaughter & Stunning

EU legislation on the killing of animals aims to minimise the pain and suffering of animals through the use of properly approved stunning methods, based on scientific knowledge and practical experience. It applies for farmed animals.

In 2009 the Union adopted a new regulation on the protection of animals at the time of killing - Council Regulation (EC) N° 1099/2009 - which replaced the previous EU legislation on the issue. It started to apply on 1 January 2013.

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1. What is new in this regulation?

2. Does the regulation affect all slaughtered animals in the EU?

3. How many animals are concerned?

4. Does this regulation apply for third countries? How?

5. Does the regulation generate costs for companies? For Member States?

6. Does the regulation ban some stunning methods?

The Commission adopted on 8 February 2016 a report on restraining bovine animals by inversion or any unnatural positions:

The Commission adopted on 19 December 2013 a report on various stunning methods for poultry as requested in Article 27 (3) of this new Regulation.

The Commission mandated in 2013 a study to provide information to consumers on the stunning of animals.