Animals

Slaughter & Stunning

Slaughter & Stunning

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.

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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?

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

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

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