European Commission is considering sanctions on Croatia over animal abuse in Rasa

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European Commission is considering sanctions on Croatia over animal abuse in Rasa

13 August 2019
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International animal rights associations have handed Nacional dramatic and poignant photographs proving that Croatia does not comply with European animal welfare standards

A few tonnes of dehydration-depleted bulls are disoriented by ships and workers who beat up sticks and electro-shockers with little animals that have arrived there, already tormented, driven for hours or even days in trucks, at high temperatures, are part of the shocking scenes of late July international animal rights organizations have captured photos and videos taken in several European countries, among others which is also Croatia, namely the Istrian port of Rasa.

Exclusive photos and videos from Nacional have been provided by international animal rights organizations Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) and Israel Against Live Shipments (IALS), and they show that Croatia does not comply with European animal welfare standards even after a March European Commission warning, could therefore also be subject to an investigation by the European Commission.

Nacional has been confirmed by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety that Croatia is currently under the administrative control of this body for not complying with the rules on the transport and boarding of livestock and that, if it is found that the European Commission's recommendations are not respected, it would be against Croatia could initiate proceedings for breach of European laws. Under the Treaty of Lisbon, initiating such a procedure for Croatia would also mean the likely seizure of certain funds from the European Funds and a heavy financial penalty.