Meat and sausage in the supermarket, about dts
Meat and sausage in the supermarket, about dts

Lack of slaughter capacity: Agriculture Minister urges flexibility

In view of the lack of slaughter capacity due to the closure of the Tönnies plant in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) called on farmers and slaughterers to react flexibly.

You can understand the concerns of the breeders very well, said Klöckner in the "early start" of RTL and n-tv. "For this reason it is important, on the one hand, that slaughtering capacities are used in other locations, that above all the slaughterings can be postponed if possible."

Due to the decommissioning of the Tönnies location in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, farmers have to find other buyers for 70.000 pigs per week. The Minister of Agriculture spoke of a problem "that is coming to us". Everyone in "the chain" must live up to their responsibilities. "Above all, of course, the slaughterhouses." Klöckner did not want to stimulate the animal owners across the board to reduce production. "You don't just flip the switch," she told the RTL / n-tv editorial team. Nevertheless, she gave the advice: "Not to completely fill the barn - that's a wise approach." Klöckner also spoke again about animal welfare, their concept for the moderate increase in the price of meat and sausages. Meat must not become a luxury commodity, but it must also not be an everyday junk. Klöckner conceded difficulties in the treatment of meat imports, because these too should be burdened with an animal welfare tax. “We are in an internal market. And if we were only going to eat the local meat now, it would be used one by one because it is cheaper. ”

The levy must, however, “be compatible under European law”. That must now be checked.

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