15th April 2014: Yesterday evening at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following contribution, under the Catch the Eye procedure, to a debate on Animal Health.
"EU legislation, unlike trade, does not extend beyond its borders, so it might not answer all of the needs of animal health, originating in third countries. This regulation would replace complex, existing legislation and much of its substantive content would be beneficial.
"Healthy farm animals are recognised as a pre-requisite of human health.
"Whilst the Rapporteur acknowledges that this is not primarily an animal protection law, she quotes, with approval, the description in parallel regulation that animals were sentient beings and wrote that the legislation protecting live animals travelling should be amended to reflect distances travelled, rather than just borders crossed.
"Sentient beings can feel pain and suffer from discomfort and fear.
"Ritualistic slaughter of animals, without pre-stunning is, self-evidently, the cruel treatment of a sentient being. Food from such an animal will not of course be a hazard to human health but it is a wound to civilised sensibilities."