European Union

Constitutional Provision

“In formulating and implementing the Union’s agriculture, fisheries, transport, internal market, research and technological development and space policies, the Union and the Member States shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals, while respecting the legislative or administrative provisions and customs of the Member States relating in particular to religious rites, cultural traditions and regional heritage.”

Art. 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

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• Case C-424/13 Zuchtvieh-Export (23 April 2015)

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• Case C-355/11 Brouwer (14 June 2012)

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• Case C-219/07 National Raad van Dierenkwekers en Liefhebbers VZW and Andibel VZW v Belgische Staat (19 June 2008)

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• Case C–189/01 Jippes and Others on the Validity of Art. 13 of Council Directive 85/511/EEC of 18 November 1985 (12 July 2001)

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Case C–5/94 The Queen v Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, ex parte Hedley Lomas (Ireland) Ltd (23 May 1996)

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