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RITUAL SLAUGHTER PRECLUDES USE OF EU ORGANIC LOGO

Mar 29, 2019

The European Court of Justice ruled that halal meat cannot bear the EU organic farming logo. The Court has taken the stance ritual slaughter – as opposed to slaughter with pre-stunning – ‘does not allow the animal’s suffering to be kept to a minimum’.

The high standard of animal welfare in all locations and at all stages of production is a fundamental standard of organic farming in line with EU Regulation 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products. The latter Regulation demands that ‘any suffering, including mutilation, shall be kept to a minimum during the entire life of the animal, including at the time of slaughter’. The Court argued that the application of pre-stunning is shown to be the least compromising technique in terms of pain, distress and suffering of slaughtered animals.

Judgment of the European Union Court of Justice (26 February 2019) - Case C-497/17: Oeuvre d’assistance aux bêtes d’abattoirs (OABA) v Ministre de l'Agriculture et de l'Alimentation and Others - link

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