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European Parliament adopts final opinion on draft slaughter Regulation
European Parliament adopts final opinion on draft slaughter Regulation

The European Parliament adopted this week in its plenary the final opinion on the draft slaughter Regulation.

This Regulation, whose dossier the Czech Presidency would like to conclude before the end of its Presidency at the end of June, is under consultation, meaning that the European Parliaments opinion is not binding.

Main amendments agreed on by the Parliament are:
- MEPs approve the principle that animals must be slaughtered using only methods that ensure death instantly or after stunning, except in the case of religious ritual, for which they called for the current blanket exemption to be preserved rather than allowing for exemptions to be decided at national level.
- MEPs approve the introduction of indicators to detect signs of consciousness or sensibility in animals during killing operations.
- simplified certificate of competence for small slaughter houses.
- MEPs call on the Commission to present, by 1 January 2013, draft legislation on the use of mobile abattoirs.
- MEPs call for inspections to be carried out in abattoirs authorised to export to the European Union in order to ensure that meat and other animal products imported from non-EU countries meet European standards. EP press release.