The keeping of cats belonging to the Bengal breed is now strictly regulated in Wallonia, one of the 3 Belgian regions. The Bengal breed is the result of a hybrid between an Asian wild cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and a domestic cat. Up to now, the keeping of non-sterilised Bengal cats will be submitted to the obtention of a CITES agreement.
Since animal welfare became a regional competence last year in Belgium, the Walloon animal welfare minister Carlo Di Antonio has already adopted several progressive pieces of legislation.
More on http://www.wallonie.be/fr/bien-etre-animal-chats-bengals-conditions-de-detention
16 January 2013
Marc Tarabella (S&D)
Parliament recently denounced the lack of implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) regulations. In one of the reports tabled in plenary, the Council was called on to promote the creation of a system of certification and control of ivory imports into the European Union, similar to the successful Kimberley process.
Does the Council intend to do this? If so, how?
Reply of the Council
15 April 2013
As the Honourable Member is aware, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), to which the Union is not a contracting party, is nonetheless implemented in the Union by Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 of 9 December 1996 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein(1).
It would be for the Commission — in the context of its legislative initiative — to take, if necessary, the appropriate decisions for future action on the issue the Honourable Member refers to. The Council would examine with great attention any proposals that might come from the Commission on this subject.
(1) OJ L 61, 3.3.1997, p. 1.
8 October 2012
Philippe Boulland (PPE)
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