The EU Commission has turned its back on animals

The end of a farm animal’s life – hidden behind the walls of a slaughterhouse – is a time when they are at their most vulnerable. It’s a time when they most need protection from abuse, cruelty and negligence. But it’s also a time when Europe’s leaders turn their backs on the animals.

Broilers In Lairage

In the past year Compassion has raised five major slaughter concerns, affecting billions of animals, with the European Commission. Each time they have failed to show any compassion.

  1. In the EU around 1 billion chickens a year are ineffectively stunned prior to slaughter. They experience an agonising electric shock that fails to properly stun them followed by the full pain and fear of being slaughtered while fully conscious.
  2. It is becoming increasingly common across Europe to use CO2 gas to make pigs unconscious prior to slaughter. CO2 gas results in a burning and then drowning-like sensation and can cause around 15-30 seconds of very severe suffering prior to the pigs losing consciousness.
  3. Every year over 2.6 million animals are exported live out of the EU. They are sent to countries where they receive no legal protection at the time of slaughter. Many face agonising, drawn-out slaughter.
  4. Roughly 1 billion fish are farmed and slaughtered in the EU each year. Most are slaughtered in ways that are inhumane, and illegal. EU law requires fish to be spared avoidable suffering at slaughter. The technology exists to make fish unconscious prior to slaughter, but instead the vast majority are left to suffocate or killed while fully conscious in ways that cause immense suffering.
  5. It has become apparent that huge numbers of animals in the EU – roughly 18% of all sheep, and 27% of all goats – are not killed in official slaughter houses. This means that their slaughter goes entirely unregulated, and much of this is likely to be inhumane.

We’ve written to the European Commission about each of these issues, seeking responses that acknowledge our concerns and give us some hope that they will address these problems. But each time we have been shocked and appalled at the Commission’s complete indifference to animal suffering. This simply cannot be allowed to go on.

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The end of a farm animal’s life – hidden behind the walls of a slaughterhouse – is a time when they are at their most vulnerable. It’s a time when they most need protection from abuse, cruelty and negligence. But it’s also a time when Europe’s leaders turn their backs on the animals.

Broilers In Lairage

In the past year Compassion has raised five major slaughter concerns, affecting billions of animals, with the European Commission. Each time they have failed to show any compassion.

  1. In the EU around 1 billion chickens a year are ineffectively stunned prior to slaughter. They experience an agonising electric shock that fails to properly stun them followed by the full pain and fear of being slaughtered while fully conscious.
  2. It is becoming increasingly common across Europe to use CO2 gas to make pigs unconscious prior to slaughter. CO2 gas results in a burning and then drowning-like sensation and can cause around 15-30 seconds of very severe suffering prior to the pigs losing consciousness.
  3. Every year over 2.6 million animals are exported live out of the EU. They are sent to countries where they receive no legal protection at the time of slaughter. Many face agonising, drawn-out slaughter.
  4. Roughly 1 billion fish are farmed and slaughtered in the EU each year. Most are slaughtered in ways that are inhumane, and illegal. EU law requires fish to be spared avoidable suffering at slaughter. The technology exists to make fish unconscious prior to slaughter, but instead the vast majority are left to suffocate or killed while fully conscious in ways that cause immense suffering.
  5. It has become apparent that huge numbers of animals in the EU – roughly 18% of all sheep, and 27% of all goats – are not killed in official slaughter houses. This means that their slaughter goes entirely unregulated, and much of this is likely to be inhumane.

We’ve written to the European Commission about each of these issues, seeking responses that acknowledge our concerns and give us some hope that they will address these problems. But each time we have been shocked and appalled at the Commission’s complete indifference to animal suffering. This simply cannot be allowed to go on.

Please join the fight