30 May 2013
Marc Tarabella (S&D)
Following the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union specifies that all animals shall be considered as sentient beings: we must pay full regard to their needs and welfare using all appropriate and available means.
National rules and self-regulation by the industry apply to the case of greyhounds. Nevertheless, thousands of greyhounds still suffer a terrible fate. Many of them are bred then cruelly disposed of when they are no longer considered useful.
1. Where these rules do not exist, are weak or ineffective, as is often the case, what do the EU authorities intend to do to stop this barbarity?
5 July 2013
Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission
The Commission would like to refer to its reply to Question E-006543/2011(1) also concerning Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and thus reiterate that it has no competence to regulate the welfare of animals used in sports or entertainment activities.