Motion for a resolution on stopping the capture of baby elephants for export to France and compliance with the rules concerning the transport of young animals

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure on stopping the capture of baby elephants for export to France and compliance with the rules concerning the transport of young animals

Authors: Dominique Bilde, Sophie Montel, Marine Le Pen, Florian Philippot, Steeve Briois

Date: 6.03.2015

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The European Parliament,

– having regard to Council Regulation No. 1/2005 of 22 Decembre 2004,

– having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas baby elephants were recently captured in Zimbabwe for export to France to supply zoos and circuses;

B. whereas capturing baby elephants is very traumatic, and keeping them in captivity makes it impossible to respect their basic physiological needs;

C. whereas the abovementioned Regulation on the protection of animals during transport and related operations strictly prohibits the transport of very young animals over distances greater than 100 km;

D. whereas the African elephant is a species threatened with extinction in the coming decades;

1. Calls on the Commission to ensure compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 and launch an investigation to shed light on the incidents in question;

2. Calls for tighter controls on exports of animals from third countries in order to preserve endangered species and safeguard biodiversity;

3. Instructs its President to forward this resolution, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission, the Council and the Member States. 

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