Poland rejects bill to legalise slaughter without stunning
Posted on 15/07/2013
Polish Parliament rejected on Friday a bill to legalise slaughter without stunning in the country. This is great news as Eurogroup believes that all animals should be stunned before slaughter.
This vote makes Poland one of the few EU Member States where the practice is banned with no exception and ends a 6 month struggle with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Government to further proceed with the bill. After huge campaigns and demonstrations of NGOs and support from mainstream media, the Parliament rejected the bill to legalise slaughter without stunning in Poland with 222 against, 178 for and 9 abstentions.
According to EU legislation, animals shall only be killed after being stunned, except for religious reasons when Member States allow it. Last year, the European Commission acknowledged an abnormal use of this derogation in some Member States resulting in most animals being killed without stunning. Eurogroup urges the European Commission and Member States to make sure that EU legislation is properly implemented and that food business operators should be able to demonstrate they have potential religious consumers for the number of animals they are applying for a derogation. Furthermore, the customer should always be able to identify the meat coming from animals killed without stunning.