Slaughter & Stunning

Slaughter & Stunning

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The EU legislation on the killing of animals aims to minimize the pain and suffering of animals through the use of properly approved stunning methods. It applies to farmed animals.

In 2009 the Union adopted Council Regulation (EC) N° 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing which started to apply on 1 January 2013.

The Regulation in 6 questions and answers

Educational materials

2018 Video on the protection of animals at slaughter (available in 22 EU languages)
protection of animals at slaughter

2018 Factsheets on the protection of animals at slaughter and on farm killing (available in 22 EU languages)

2012 Brochure: Animal Welfare Officer

Timeline - Recent actions

March 2018: the Commission adopted a "Report to the European Parliament and the Council on the possibility of introducing certain requirements regarding the protection of fish at the time of killing".

October 2017: the Commission concluded a study on the "Preparation of best practices on the protection of animals at the time of killing".

October 2017: the Commission concluded a study on the "Welfare of farmed fish: Common practices during transport and slaughter".

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

Background information: View archived materials.