Day: February 23, 2022

Luxembourg bans exports of live animals for slaughter in third countries

LUXEMBOURG. As the Luxembourg Ministry of Agriculture has announced, from March 1st the Grand Duchy will ban exports of live animals for slaughter in third countriesa year earlier than planned by the EU.

With this decision, Luxembourg is becoming a European pioneer when it comes to animal welfare.

According to the Luxembourg Minister of Agriculture Claude Haagen, the ban serves to improve animal welfare on the one hand, and on the other hand it also meets the expectations of the population and the agricultural sector itself.

The Grand Duchy hopes other states in Europe will follow suit and enact restrictions before the European Commission presents its revised rules for live animal transport next year.
Among other things, the transport routes to the slaughterhouses should be limited.

Please sign and share the petition:…/stoppt-grausame…

And I mean…In 2019, over 1.6 billion live animals (sheep, cattle, birds and pigs) were transported across and beyond the EU borders.
97% of the animals are birds (chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese).
Cattle, pigs, sheep and goats are mostly transported for fattening or slaughter purposes.

In June 2020, a committee of inquiry exclusively for animal transport (ANIT) was therefore set up, which, after eighteen months of work, made its recommendations to the European Commission in December 2021.
557 MPs (an overwhelming majority) agreed, but only for part of the recommendations.

The EU Parliament is asking the Commission to limit the transport time for “animals for slaughter” to eight hours.
No limit is required for “breeding animals” and animals in intermediate fattening, so they may probably be transported for up to 29 hours in the future.

And so the agonizing transports to third countries should remain permitted – Parliament only voted for the introduction of a control system for animal transports to third countries.
Both the EU Parliament and the EU Commission know very well that as soon as the transports leave the EU border, control is not possible.
In this respect, this vote by the EU Parliament was a betrayal of the animals; we reported about it:

Luxembourg is sending an important signal, but a ban on animals for slaughter is absolutely not enough, because many animals are officially declared as breeding animals.
They too are usually slaughtered cruelly after a very short time. The transport for breeding or slaughter animals is also no different and is always painful.

Germany’s new Minister of Agriculture, Cem Özdemir, supports an EU-wide ban on long-distance transport and wants his ministry to “solve the problems of animal welfare during transport to third countries”.
And yet animals are still being transported from Germany to third countries.

We don’t judge politicians by what they say, but by what they do.
And as long as there are no actions, we do not trust anyone.

My best regards to all, Venus

Horse Meat Labelling – Still Not Mandatory – Take Action Now, Demand Change For Clear Labelling.

23 February 2022

Despite the 2013 horse meat scandal, it is still not mandatory for operators and authorities to provide and control information on the origin of horse meat. As a result, to put it simply, there is no certainty on where your meat is coming from.

For the past 10 years, alongside BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, we have been demanding mandatory country of origin labelling for horse meat regardless of its shape and form.

Today, the European Commission runs a public consultation on the revision of food information to consumers (FIC) Regulation and we call for the inclusion of horse meat within the scope of the regulation introducing mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL).

In 2020, around 60 million horses were registered as livestock worldwide by the Food and Agriculture Organisation for the United Nations (FAO), and just over 5 million of them are slaughtered every year.

The same year, the EU imported 16,340 tonnes of horse meat, mostly from Argentina, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. 

Below we present to you three reasons in favour of mandatory labelling requirements on horse meat.

Labelling to empower EU consumers

In 2013, the horse meat scandal exposed that numerous food in the EU sold as beef actually contained horse meat. Despite the public outcry, the situation has not changed as in 2021, Europol and Interpol investigations identified horse meat sold as veal. Mandatory COOL requirements would constraint industry stakeholders to give accurate information so that consumers can make informed decisions. Such requirements are already in place and indicate country of origin, raising and slaughter, for beef, swine, sheep, goats and poultry demonstrating the feasibility of the measure. Furthermore, investigations conducted by a consumers’ association show that origin-labelling provisions for these types of meat were implemented without unnecessary burdens on the meat supply chain and on national administrations.

Labelling to recognise production standards

Investigations conducted by animal welfare organisations have revealed shocking conditions and maltreatment of horses at assembly centres, during transport and at slaughterhouses in Argentina, Uruguay, USA and Canada. Some animals are kept in horrifying conditions in open-air feedlots, without any protection from the weather or veterinary care for six months until they can be slaughtered. The introduction of COOL requirements in the EU giving the possibility for EU citizens to choose local meat will incentivise horse meat industry operators to improve the living conditions of these horses so that they comply with EU animal welfare standards.

Labelling to enhance public health

Consumers build an association between the origin information of meat and a perceived level of food safety. Consumers also question the safety of their food and are particularly concerned about antibiotic residues and hormone levels in meat. Recent investigations have revealed the presence of EU banned chemicals in horse meat samples such as diclofenac or thiabendazole. In addition, issues around traceability and horse passports, as well as  number of horses slaughtered for meat and not registered as livestock raise a question of veterinary medicines in human consumption. These consumer concerns are therefore legitimate and it is essential to improve labelling and traceability of horse meat to ensure food safety for EU citizens.

What can you do?

You can reply to a European Commission public consultation on the food information to consumers Regulation until 7 March 2022. Raise your voice and demand the horse meat labelling.

*According to the French report, the argument of higher food prices due to traceability does not hold, since the impact on the price is minimal.; it represents only an additional cost of + 0.7% or only + 0.015 Euro for a tray of lasagna, for instance. Indeed, these increases are much smaller than the price differences usually observed between retail chains.

Regards Mark