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(BRUSSELS) - The European Commission on Thursday proposed tougher
rules for slaughterhouses to ensure that farm animals "are humanely
treated" before they are killed.
Each year almost 360 million pigs, sheep, goats and cattle as well as
several billion poultry are killed in EU slaughterhouses for meat.
Another 25 million animals are killed for their fur, according to
"As a society we have a duty of care to animals, which includes
minimising distress and avoiding pain throughout the slaughtering
process," said EU Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou.
"The current EU rules are outdated and need revision," she added.
Under the plans no method of stunning and slaughter would be banned,
even though some have been identified as being less humane.