The European Commission has called on Spain to take action to address deficiencies in the implementation of EU legislation on the welfare of animals at the time of slaughter.
Following several audits carried out by the Commission's Food and Veterinary Office in Spain, continuous severe deficiencies were noted, according to the British Pig Executive. The FVO noticed, particularly, a persistent ineffective implementation of requirements in relation to restraining and stunning of animals, the equipment used and the requirements for inspection, as well as the corrective measures to be taken and sanctions imposed, where shortcomings are identified.
On this basis, Spain has two months to comply with the reasoned opinion, which is the second step in infringement proceedings. If it does not comply, or if the replies are not satisfactory, the Commission may bring the matter before the Court of Justice.