0.458 convention European on the protection of animals for slaughter concluded in Strasbourg on 10 May 1979 approved by the Federal Assembly on 17 June 1993 Instrument of ratification deposited by Switzerland on 3 November 1993 entry into force for the Switzerland on 4 May 1994 (State August 9, 2012) States members of the Council of Europe, signatories to this Convention Whereas it is appropriate to ensure the protection of animals for slaughter;
Whereas the methods of slaughter, sparing the animals suffering and pain in the as possible must be of uniform application in their country;
Considering that fear, anxiety, pain and suffering of an animal during slaughter may affect the quality of the meat, have agreed to the following: chapter I principles General art. 1-1. This Convention shall apply to the delivery, accommodation, immobilization, stunning and slaughter of domestic animals belonging to the following species: solipeds, ruminants, pigs, rabbits and poultry.
2. within the meaning of this Convention, means: slaughterhouse: any school or facility under health control, designed for the realization of the business operations of slaughtering animals for food for public consumption or of killing of animals for any reason;
Routing: The fact of unload or driving an animal from the landing docks, or local housing or parks of the slaughterhouse until the premises or locations of slaughter;
Accommodation: The fact to hold an animal to provide care before his (drinking, food, rest) slaughter premises of housing, parks, or sites covered in the slaughterhouse;
Capital: The application to an animal of any procedure in accordance with the provisions of this Convention to limit his movements to facilitate stunning or slaughter;
Stunning: Any process in line with the provisions of this agreement which, when applied to an animal, plunges into a State of unconsciousness where he remained until the death. When the stun, please exclude in any event all avoidable suffering to animals;
Slaughter: The fact to kill an animal after immobilization, stunning and bleeding, except as provided in chapter III of this Convention.
Art. 2-1. Each Contracting Party takes the necessary measures to ensure the effective application of the provisions of this Convention.
2. no provision of this agreement will affect the ability of the Contracting Parties to adopt more strict rules for the protection of animals.
3. each Contracting Party shall ensure that the design, construction and facilities slaughterhouses, as well as their operation ensure the appropriate conditions provided by this Convention in order to avoid, insofar as possible, to cause excitement, pain or suffering to animals.
4. each Contracting Party shall save animals slaughtered in slaughterhouses or out of any pain or avoidable suffering.
Chapter II delivery of animals to slaughterhouses and accommodation of these to their showdown art. 3-1. The animals shall be unloaded as soon as possible. While expectations in means of transport, they must be protected from extreme climatic influences and appropriate ventilation.
2. personnel committed to transport and accommodation of the animals must have the knowledge and skills required and comply with the requirements set out in this agreement.
Section I transport of the animals in the enclosure of the abattoirs art. 4-1. The animals must be unloaded and delivered with care.
2 equipment such as bridges, ramps, or gangways must be used for the unloading of the animals. This equipment must be fitted with a floor not slippery and, if necessary, lateral protection. Bridges, ramps and gangways must be also little inclined as possible.
3. the animals must be frightened or excited. It must ensure that the animals are not paid and cannot fall of bridges, ramps or gangways. It is especially forbidden to raise animals by the head, feet or tail in a way that causes them pain or suffering.
4. If necessary, the animals must be led individually; If they are moved through corridors, these must be designed so that the animals cannot hurt themselves.
Art. 5-1. Animals must be moved using their gregarious nature. Instruments to direct the animals should be used only for this purpose and only for short periods of time. It is especially forbidden hitting animals on particularly sensitive parts of the body or to push by touching such parts. Electric shock devices cannot be used for cattle and pigs, on condition that the discharges do not last more than two seconds, to be sufficiently spaced and that the animals have room to move; landfills must be applied only on the appropriate muscles.
2. it is forbidden to crush, bend, or break the tails or enter them in the eyes. The blows applied unceremoniously, including kicks, are prohibited.
3. the cages, baskets or boxes containing animals must be handled carefully; It is forbidden to throw them on the ground or knocked over.
4. animals delivered in cages, baskets or boxes at bottom perforated or flexible must be unloaded with particular care to ensure that the ends of animals are not injured. If so, the animals shall be unloaded individually.
Art. 6-1. The animals must be routed to the slaughter premises if their slaughter can there be performed immediately.
2. If the animals are not slaughtered immediately after their arrival, they must be hosted.
Section II accommodation of animals art. 7-1. Pets must be kept free from the influences of weather or climate unfavourable. Slaughterhouses must have adequate facilities for the housing or the parking of the animals with protection from the weather.
2. the ground of places of unloading, passing, parking or accommodation of the animals should not be slippery. It must be able to be cleaned and disinfected and allow the total flow of liquids.
3. slaughterhouses must have locations covered with devices attached with feeders and waterers.
4. If animals are forced to spend the night at the slaughterhouse, they must be hosted and if necessary attached, leaving them the possibility to lie.
5. the animals naturally hostile between them because of their species, sex, age or origin must be separated.
6. If the animals were transported in cages, baskets or boxes, they must be slaughtered as soon as possible; otherwise they should receive drinking water and food, in accordance with the provisions of art. 8 7. If the animals were subjected to high temperatures in humid weather, ensuring their refreshment.
8. when climate conditions (e.g. high humidity, low temperatures), animals must be housed. The stables must be aerated. During feeding, the stables must be sufficiently informed.
Section III care to animals art. 8-1. Water must be available to the animals, unless they are led into slaughter premises as soon as possible.
2 with the exception of those who will be slaughtered within twelve hours following their arrival, the animals must be moderately lairaged and watered at appropriate intervals.
3. If the animals are not tethered, they need feeders to feed themselves without disturbance.
Art. 9-1. The condition and State of health of the animals must be inspected at least every morning and evening.
2. the sick, weak or injured animals must be slaughtered immediately. If immediate slaughter is not possible, they must be separated to be slaughtered.
Section IV other provisions art. 10. each Contracting Party may authorize derogations from the provisions of the chapter of this Convention with regard to reindeer.
Art. 11. each Contracting Party may provide that the provisions of chapter II of the present Convention apply mutatis mutandis to the delivery and hosting of animals outside slaughterhouses.
Chapter III slaughter of animals art. 12. the animals must be restrained immediately prior to slaughter if necessary and, except as provided in art. 17, stunned by the appropriate methods.
Art. 13. in the case of ritual slaughter, the immobilization of animals of the bovine species before slaughter with a mechanical process designed to avoid all pain, suffering and excitations and all injuries or contusions to the animals is obligatory.
It is prohibited to use means of restraint causing avoidable suffering, to link the hindquarters of the animals or to suspend before the stunning and, in the case of ritual slaughter, before the end of the bleeding. However, the ban to suspend the animal does not apply to slaughter of poultry and rabbits provided that the suspension immediately before stunning.
Art. 15. the culling operations other than those referred to the by. 2 of art. 1 can be started only after the death of the animal.
Art. 16-1. Stunning procedures authorized by the Contracting Parties should put the animal in a State of unconsciousness where he remained until slaughter, sparing him in any event all avoidable suffering.
2. the use of the puntilla, the mass and the merlin is prohibited.
3. for solipeds, ruminants and pigs, the only methods of stunning allowed are the following: - mechanical means by use of an instrument with percussion or puncture at the level of the brain; - only; - anesthesia gas.
4. each Contracting Party may authorize derogations from the provisions of by. 2 and 3 of this article in the case of slaughtering an animal by the operator for consumption at the place where the animal is located.
Art. 17-1. Each Contracting Party may authorize derogations from the provisions concerning prior stunning in the following cases: - slaughter according to religious rites; - extreme emergency slaughtering when stunning is not possible; - slaughter poultry and rabbits according to approved methods causing instantaneous death of animals; - put killing of animals for animal health reasons, if special reasons so require.
2 any Contracting Party which will make use of the exceptions to the by. 1 of the present article will, however, ensure that when such slaughter or death updates, any pain or avoidable suffering be spared to animals.
Art. 18-1. Each Contracting Party shall ensure the ability of the people doing professionally immobilization, stunning and slaughter of animals.
2. each Contracting Party shall ensure that the instruments, devices or facilities needed for the immobilization of animals and their stunning meets the requirements of the Convention.
Art. 19. each Contracting Party permitting slaughter according to religious rites must ensure the empowerment of the priests by religious organizations insofar as it does not grant itself permissions.
Chapter IV provisions final art. 20-1. This Convention is open for signature by the Member States of the Council of Europe as well as the European economic community. It will be ratified, accepted or approved. The instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval shall be deposited with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
2. the present Convention comes into force six months after the date of the deposit of the fourth instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval of a Member State of the Council of Europe.
3. it will enter into force with respect to any party that will ratify, accept it or approve it after the date referred to the by. 2 of the present article, six months after the date of the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval.
Art. 21-1. After the entry into force of the Convention, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe may invite, in the manner he deems appropriate, any State not a member of the Council of Europe to accede to this Convention.
2. membership will be made by filing, near the Secretary General of the Council of Europe an instrument of accession which will take effect six months after the date of its filing.
Art. 22 1. Any State may, at the time of signature or at the time of the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, designate any territories to which apply this Convention.
2 any State may, at the time of the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, or at any time thereafter, extend the application of this Convention, by declaration addressed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, to any other jurisdiction designated in the declaration and and is responsible for international relations or for which it is empowered to stipulate.
3. any declaration made under the preceding paragraph may be withdrawn, with respect to any territory referred to in this declaration by notification to the Secretary General. The withdrawal will take effect six months after the date of receipt of the notification by the Secretary General.
Art. 23 1. Any Contracting Party may, in which her concerned, denounce this agreement by notice to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
2. the denunciation shall take effect six months after the date of receipt of the notification by the Secretary General.
Art. 24 scope on August 9, 2012, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify the Member States of the Council and any Contracting Party not a member of the Council: a. any signature, b. the deposit of any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, c. any date of entry into force of this Convention in accordance with its art. 20 and 21; (d) any declaration received pursuant to the provisions of the by. 2 of art. 22; e. any notification received in application of the provisions of the by. 3 of art. 22; (f) any notification received in application of the provisions of art. 23 and the date on which the denunciation takes effect.
In faith of what, the undersigned, duly authorized to that effect, have signed this Convention.
Done at Strasbourg, on 10 May 1979, in french and English, both texts being equally authentic, in a single copy which shall be deposited in the archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe will be communicated in accordance with each of the signatory Parties and Member certified copy.
Scope August 9, 2012 States parties Ratification, accession (A) Declaration of estate (S) entry into force Germany 24 February 1984 25 August 1984 Bosnia and Herzegovina 29 December 1994 has 30 June 1995 Bulgaria 20 July 2004 January 21, 2005 Cyprus June 23, 2005 December 24, 2005 Croatia 14 September 1994 has 15 March 1995 Denmark 23 February 1981 June 11, 1982 Finland December 2, 1991 June 3, 1992 Estonia may 16, 2008 November 17, 2008 Greece 12 November 1984 13 May 1985 Ireland December 10, 1981 June 11, 1982 Italy 7 February 1986 8 August 1986 Latvia March 6, 2008 September 7, 2008 Lithuania 2 March 2004 3 September 2004 Luxembourg July 24, 1980 June 11, 1982 Macedonia 30 March 1994 was October 1, 1994 Montenegro June 6, 2006 of June 6, 2006 Norway 12 May 1982 13 November 1982 Netherlands June 27, 1986 December 28, 1986 Netherlands Antilles June 27, 1986 December 28, 1986 Aruba 27 June 1986 December 28, 1986 Curaçao 27 June 1986 December 28, 1986 part Caribbean (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba) June 27, 1986 December 28, 1986 Sint Maarten 27 June 1986 December 28, 1986 Poland April 3, 2008 October 4, 2008 3 November 1981 Portugal 11 June 1982 Czech Republic 20 March 2003 21 September 2003 Serbia 28 February 2001 has 29 August 2001 Slovenia 20 October 1992 has 21 April 1993 Sweden February 26, 1982 August 27, 1982 Switzerland 3 November 1993 4 May 1994 the convention shall not apply to Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
1994 982 RO; FF 1992 V 953 art. 1 al. let 1. a of AF of 17 June 1993 (RO 1994 918).
RO 1994 982, 2004 5003, 2007 4187 and 2012 4501. A version of the update scope is published on the web site of the FDFA a version of the update scope is published on the web site of the FDFA (www.dfae.admin.ch/traites).
Status as of August 9, 2012