Slaughter & Stunning

Slaughter & Stunning

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The EU legislation on the killing of animals aims to minimise 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.

Following a favourable opinion of the European Food Safety Authority on low atmospheric pressure system for the stunning of broiler chickens (chickens kept for meat production) Annexes I and II to Council Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 have been amended by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/723 as regards the approval of low atmospheric pressure stunning.

The Regulation in 6 questions and answers

Educational materials

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.