While biotech crops may not be much of a concern to the European Union new health and consumer affairs commissioner, animal welfare is front and center.
John Dalli, who is in Washington, D.C. this week, intends to propose a new EU law regarding animal welfare, according to The New York Times: “According to E.U. experts familiar with the plans, Mr. Dalli’s law probably would promote the use of cruelty-free labels for some meat products, which could lead to European consumers shunning U.S. products.”
Many Europeans are concerned about the mad cow disease issue and poultry tainted with dioxins. Dalli supports the idea that “products coming from animals that have been well treated and can offer better quality.”
The new animal welfare law could change the way Europeans buy meat by classifying and promoting more humane ways of treating animals, such as stunning chickens and other poultry first before killing them.
The law would also encourage meat producers to label their products to show that their animals had been raised and killed using certified procedures, something that could disadvantage U.S. producers if they did not adopt the same procedures.
Hey, America: Are you getting the message?