African Swine Fever: EU raises concerns with China over live burial of diseased pigs
28 January 2019
In the People’s Republic of China, efforts to ‘control’ the African swine fever (ASF) virus include burying domesticated pigs alive.
This condemns the animals to a cruel death, as shown by convincing video evidence and witness statements(1).In view of these events:
|1.||Does the Commission(2) condemn these acts of cruelty against sentient creatures, and will it call on the Chinese authorities to stop these practices immediately?|
|2.||Will the Commission swiftly raise these cruel acts and other animal welfare violations in China and incorporate appropriate preventive animal welfare provisions in bilateral trade agreements between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China, as called for by Parliament(3)?|
|3.||What is the Commission’s assessment of the risks to long-term ASF biosecurity associated with the cruel practice of mass live burial of livestock that may be infected with ASF, in view of the long survival period of this highly contagious virus in lifeless material and the intensive trade relations, imports and frequent journeys between China and the Union?|