Motion for a European Parliament resolution on a ban on importing angora fur and rabbit hides from China

15.5.2015

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   

B8-0493/2015

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.

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France: 4,034 jackets made of cat and dog fur seized by the French customs authorities

Last week, the French customs officers have seized 4,034 jackets labelled as "synthetique fur", but having, according to the officers, "a strange smell". After analysis, it appears that the jackets were made of cat and dog fur. 

Cat and dog fur is prohibited in France since 2007 and in the whole EU since 2008.

More information on http://www.douane.gouv.fr/page.asp?id=3669

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