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The act on the protection of animals without limitation of ritual slaughter. Amendments of the Sejm committee

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Several amendments to the draft amendment to the Law by PiS on animal protection were supported by the parliamentary agriculture commission. Among them there were deletions from the draft provisions limiting ritual slaughter.

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The Sejm’s agriculture committee, after more than seven hours of meeting, which began on Wednesday evening and ended on Thursday morning, supported the motion for the Sejm to pass amendments to the Act on Animal Protection.

No limitation of ritual slaughter

Earlier, the committee decided that of the two parliamentary bills (by PiS and KO) aimed at increasing the legal protection of animals, the draft prepared by PiS will be the leading one. However, the deputies of all factions submitted several dozen amendments to this draft, which, however, did not gain the support of the entire committee.

On the other hand, the commission from the PiS project deleted the point which provided for the introduction of new solutions limiting the possibility of ritual slaughter only to the needs of national religious associations. Such an amendment was proposed by MP Michał Urbaniak from the Confederation circle. It was supported by the majority of deputies from the PiS and Confederation committees.

Earlier, MP Robert Winnicki from the Confederation emphasized that the introduction of changes in the law limiting ritual slaughter will eliminate – as he said – 30-40 percent. Polish exports of beef and poultry, and will close Polish exports “to markets that cover 1.5 billion people in the world”.

He was echoed by Jacek Zarzycki, president of the Polish Association of Beef Cattle Breeders and Producers, who took part in the committee’s meeting as a representative of the social side. Zarzycki emphasized that he represents 350,000 farms that keep cattle.

According to him, the introduction of a restriction on ritual slaughter only for the purposes of religious associations operating in Poland will result in losses for Polish breeders of at least 30 percent. their current income. – Polish beef is 85 percent. export. Polish beef, whipped in accordance with religious rituals, is PLN 1.5 billion. The Polish budget will lose more or less this amount, he argued.

Applause in the hall

Government representatives, when asked about the bill, confirmed that the government is in favor of introducing solutions limiting ritual slaughter. Despite this, the deletion of these from the provisions of the draft was supported by the majority of the commission’s deputies from PiS and the Confederation. After voting on this amendment, applause was heard in the sitting room, and one of the representatives of the social side shouted: “You saved Polish poultry farming!”

Strong emotions accompanied the entire work of the commission on the PiS bill. Confederation MPs wanted, inter alia, change the title of the project to the act on “destroying the livestock and agriculture industries in Poland”. Grzegorz Braun also suggested that the provisions in question should also include those concerning the protection of the conceived life.

A few changes

The deputies agreed to introduce a few changes to the draft, proposed by KO, but also proposed by PiS.

One of them extends the provisions of the future amendment to include allowances for animal keepers that were used, for example, by the Police, the army, and the Border Guard. According to the amendment, the amount of such a supplement would be determined by the government in the regulation and it would be paid until the death of the animal being cared for.

The committee also agreed to change the definition of “earrings” (type of collar – ed.) That was included in the draft. Ultimately, the committee supported the bill by 17 MPs, against 6 MPs against.

Animal Protection Act

On Wednesday afternoon, the Sejm conducted the first reading of two draft changes, incl. in the Animal Protection Act, by PiS and KO. The PiS project assumes, among others ban on breeding animals for fur, using animals for entertainment and shows, ritual slaughter only for the needs of national religious associations, social control of animal protection, safe shelters, no more chains for dogs and the creation of an animal council at the Ministry of Interior and Administration. The KO draft provides, in addition to the ban on the use of animals for entertainment purposes, also solutions for the decent existence of animals withdrawn from service (e.g. police or rescue dogs).

In the vote, the Sejm rejected the Confederation’s motion to reject the PiS bill at first reading, both bills were referred to the agri-culture and rural development committee.

The report of the committees on the parliamentary draft amendments to the Animal Protection Act and certain other acts, and on the amendment to the Animal Protection Act, is to be presented in the Sejm on Thursday.

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