Next year, at 150km from Bei Jing in China, a giant "cloning farm" will be created, aiming to clone domestic animals including farm animals such as cows, but also police dogs and race horses. The goal would be to produce more than 1 million of cloned cows, to solve the problem of lack of farmlands in China.
Cloning is currently prohibited in Europe, but despite the EU Parliament willing to stop imports of food product coming from cloned animals, it is still allowed for Member States to import such products after getting an authorisation. But EU legislation might change soon.
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by MEPs Sophie Montel, Dominique Bilde, Mireille D'Ornano, Florian Philippot
Motion for a European Parliament resolution on a ban on importing angora fur and rabbit hides from China
The European Parliament,
– having regard to Council Directive 98/58/EC of 20 July 1998 concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes,
– having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 4 July 2012 on the European Union Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012–2015,
– having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas the volume of imports of angora fur and rabbit hides from China to the European Union is constantly rising;
B. whereas China does not have the same standards (animal welfare, environment) in fur farming as the EU;
C. whereas a great many animal welfare associations have denounced the abominable conditions in which rabbits are farmed in China (angora rabbits skinned alive rather than clipping or plucking them, just to save time);
D. whereas owing to pressure from consumers, a great many ready-to-wear brands have decided to stop using rabbit fur from China;
1. Calls for a ban on importing angora fur and rabbit hides from China into the European Union;
2. Instructs its President to forward this resolution, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission, the Council and the Member States.
Thanks to a random check of trucks, the Bangkok army has discovered and seized 1,580 turtles and 34 pangolins that were destined to be served in Chinese restaurants. The animals have been given to the Wildlife officer and will be rescued.
More information on http://www.bangkokpost.com/most-recent/419188/1600-animals-saved-from-being-sent-to-china
The Chinese government will easy rules requiring animal testing by allowing local companies to use data from animal tests done in other continents. This would avoid that useless animal testings are practiced. According to HSI, chemical testing for cosmetics involves more than 300,000 rabbits, mice, and other animals annually.
8 October 2012
Philippe Boulland (PPE)
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