Petition No 2032/2013 by by Nuria Menendez de Llano Rodriguez (Spanish), on the violation of EU legislation on the protection of wolves in the region of Asturias, Spain

Petition No 2032/2013 by by Nuria Menendez de Llano Rodriguez (Spanish), on the violation of EU legislation on the protection of wolves in the region of Asturias, Spain 

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Biggest Seizure of Live Scorpions in France

On 18 and 22 September, the customs of the French Airport of Roissy have seized 119 live scorpions. The "Pandinus dictator" were listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The scorpions were intended to be sold in the USA as exotic pets. 

More on http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/news/biggest-seizure-live-scorpions-france

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10.06.2015 Expo Milano 2015: Animal welfare: a way to preserve diversity and quality in animal productions

The conference of the EU Commission "Animal welfare as a way to preserve diversity & quality in animal production" taking place during the Expo Milano 2015 will be live streamed

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01.06.2015 Brussels EU Press Conference on the Animal Health Law

On June 1st at 17:45 (CET), MEP Paulsen (Rapporteur of the Animal Health Law) and EU Commissioner Andriukaitis will inform the public about an informal deal that could be reached during the potentially final trialogue on the future European Law on Transmissible Animal Diseases (so-called Animal Health Law).

You can watch it live stream here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/other-events/video?event=20150601-1745-SPECIAL-UNKN

 

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Commission requests MALTA to end finch trapping

The European Commission has requested Malta to bring its hunting legislation into line with EU rules on the conservation of wild birds. The case concerns Malta's decision to apply a derogation to the EU Birds Directive (2009/147/EC), allowing the live capture (i.e. trapping) of seven species of wild finches as from 2014. Member States may derogate from the requirement of strict protection only in the absence of other satisfactory solutions, and provided that the population of the species concerned is maintained at a satisfactory level. As these conditions are not met in this case, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice in October 2014, urging Malta to refrain from finch trapping. Malta went ahead with the derogation as planned and does not agree with the Commission's position, so the Commission is now sending a reasoned opinion. If Malta fails to act within two months, the case may be referred to the EU Court of Justice.

(For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172)

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Baden-Württemberg (DE): A class action for animal welfare

On 6 May 2015, the German Länder Baden-Württemberg has decided to create a class action on animal welfare. So far, Baden-Württemberg is the 7th state in Germany to have created it.

A class action is a type of lawsuit, enabling a group of citizen represented by one to act together in front of a court. 

More on http://www.landtag-bw.de/files/live/sites/LTBW/files/dokumente/WP15/Drucksachen/6000/15_6593_D.pdf.

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Belgium: Animal Park Planckendael euthanized redundant animals

A young antelope and two buffalos have been euthanized last month at the Animal Park Planckendael.

The Animal Park Planckendael has declared that it felt impelled to euthanize the surplus animals which cannot be sheltered due to shortage of space. Two buffalos and a young horned antelope have been euthanized and fed to other animals of the zoo. The issue with male animals of this species is that they cannot live with other males in one compound.

The Royal Society of Zoology of Antwerp (KMDA), owner of the Animal Park Planckendael announced that euthanasia is the last resort and that there is increasing effort to return redundant animals to resorts in African countries.

This is particularly criticized by animal rights activists as scimitar-horned antelope is an endangered species that is scarcely living in the wild anymore.

A similar case occurred last year, when the Copenhagen zoo euthanized Marius, a healthy giraffe and fed it to lions. The Copenhagen zoo had, for that procedure, brought out arguments similar to the ones maintained by the Animal Park Planckendael.

 

More on:

http://www.rtl.be/info/magazine/animaux/une-antilope-et-deux-bisons-euthanasies-a-planckendael-ils-ont-servi-de-nourriture-a-d-autres-animaux-du-parc-716533.aspx

http://www.lalibre.be/actu/planete/une-antilope-d-une-espece-menacee-euthanasiee-a-planckendael-par-manque-de-place-55309b1635704bb01bcc291f

http://zoo.dk/BesogZoo/Nyhedsarkiv/2014/Februar/Why%20Copenhagen%20Zoo%20euthanized%20a%20giraffe.aspx

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Written questions January 2015- February 2015 (Newsletter n°25)

Wild Animals

In wildlife

Whale hunting in the Faroe Islands – E-009281/2014

Question

Given this situation in the Faroe Islands, what can the Commission do to put an end to this despicable massacre once and for all?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-009281&language=EN    

 

Wildlife injuries from harvesters – E-010075/2014         

Question:

What can the Commission do to address this problem? 2. Will the Commission finance a project group to investigate the problem and come up with possible solutions? 3. What possibilities exist to fund such a project?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-010075&language=EN

 

Legality of capturing birds to be used as live decoys by hunters – E-009061/2014 

Question:

In the light of the EU legislation governing this issue, the substance of the two orders referred to above, the Court of Justice’s findings in its judgment in Case C‐182/02 and the guidance document on hunting under Council Directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation of wild birds, in particular paragraph 3.5.22 and the footnotes thereto, can the Commission say:

1.         whether it is aware of the above orders?

2.         what importance it considers should be attached to these orders for the purposes of correctly applying the Birds Directive, bearing in mind the need to observe the principle of subsidiarity?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-009061&language=EN

 

Revision of European legislation on finning – E-009767/2014

Question:

1. Will the Commission revise the current legislation so as to enable the finning ban to be enforced in a way geared more closely to the sector’s needs as well as complying with the requirements of international law?

2. How has the fleet been helped to implement this legislation?

3. In view of the unfair competition, is the Commission providing compensation?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-009767&language=EN                

 

By-catch of deep-sea sharks, zero TAC and conservation measures – E-010864/2014

Question:

In view of the above, I ask the Commission for information on the following:

1.         Is it intending to insist on maintaining a zero TAC for these species? What evidence does it have pointing to the appropriateness of a measure of this kind and confirming that a benefit for the resource will result?

2.         Does it not think that the possibility of permitting by-catch of deep-sea sharks up to a set limit would encourage better understanding of the species in question, population numbers and reproduction strategies, so that more appropriate conservation measures can be devised?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-010864&language=EN

 

In captivity

Ban on circus animals – E-009108/2014

Question:

Can the Commission clarify what actions have been taken by other Member States with regard to the ban on circus animals?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-009108&language=EN

 

Trade

Illegal wildlife trade – E-009106/2014 and E-009559/2014

12 Nov. 2014, Marlene Mizzi (S&D) and 20 Nov. 2014, Marc Tarabella (S&D)

Question E-009106/2014

1. What concrete plans does the Commission have to combat the illegal wildlife trade?

2. Does the Commission consider it an urgent need to establish a global action plan to tackle the illegal wildlife trade?

Question E-009559/2014

What initiatives does the new Commission propose taking in order to advance the formulation of the action plan requested by the European Parliament?

Joint Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-009559&language=EN

 

Sale of seal products – E-009544/2014

Question:

How does the Commission propose to ensure that the Convention on Biological Diversity and the principle of sustainable use are respected in the future by permitting trade in seal products from Sweden?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-009544&language=EN

 

Farm Animals

Labelling

EU labelling, mandatory country of origin – E-009311/2014                 

14 Nov. 2014, Siôn Simon (S&D)

Question:

“Does the Commission have any plans to extend mandatory country of origin labelling to other agricultural and processed meat products?”

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-009311&language=EN

 

Origin labelling – E-008915/2014

7 November 2014, Marc Tarabella (S&D)

Question:

1. What is the Commission’s position on this?

2. Could it follow the matter up, and, if these figures are confirmed, guarantee that it will set up a scheme to counter this worrying trend and its causes?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-008915&language=EN

 

Eggs, live-plucking and poultry

Pure-bred poultry and the application of Directive 2009/158 /EC – E-008936/2014

7 November 2014, Daniel Caspary (PPE)

Question:

1.         Is it the intention of the above Directive and of the Commission that the sale of pure-bred poultry breeds in other Member States should be banned in Germany, since the required serological tests pursuant to Article 14, paragraph 2(e), are not feasible in practice for the micro-stocks of pure-bred poultry breeders?

2.         Directive 2009/158/EC provides, in Recital 7, that ‘specific trade’ should be excluded from the scope of this directive. Do pure-bred poultry markets and the act of selling at such markets by pure-bred poultry breeders constitute such ‘specific trade’?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-008936&language=EN

 

Goose feather collection techniques that are harmful to animal welfare – E-009497/2014

Question:

— What measures has the Commission taken to enforce the abovementioned directive and to prevent the collection of feathers from live geese which are not going through their natural moulting phase?

— Does the Commission not agree that it might be appropriate to submit a legislative proposal regarding the introduction of a voluntary mark to certify that the goose feathers were obtained without causing suffering to the animals?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-009497&language=EN

 

Plucking of live geese – E-008277/2014

Question:

In view of this situation, what does the Commission intend to do to ensure that this recommendation is adhered to and that this practice stops?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-008277&language=EN

 

Rabbits

Protection for rabbits in European breeding farms – E-009611/2014 

21 Nov. 2014, Giulia Moi (EFDD)

Question

“1. What steps has the Commission taken to introduce species‐specific legislation for protecting the welfare of rabbits?

2. Have European funds been used to support rabbit farming and, if so, does the Commission intend to ensure that future funding is not spent on breeding rabbits in battery or enriched cages, but instead solely on breeding systems paying greater attention to their welfare?

3. Does the Commission intend to work with the Italian Government regarding the enormous quantities of antibiotics required to treat the 175 million rabbits bred yearly in the country, as well as on measures to reduce their use?”

Answer http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-009611&language=EN

Slaughter

Transportation and slaughter of live animals outside the EU – E-010843/2014

Question:

Does the Commission intend to take concrete and urgent measures to prohibit the transportation of live animals from Europe to third countries?

Does it intend to raise awareness in such countries with a view to the harmonisation of their legislation in this matter with European legislation?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-010843&language=EN

 

Horses               

Origin labelling for horsemeat – E-009375-14

17 Nov. 2014, Elisabetta Gardini (PPE)

Question

In the light of the above, can the Commission answer the following questions:

1.         What is the current status of the impact and feasibility assessment of the possible extension of the compulsory indication of the country of origin or area of provenance for horsemeat?

2.         What action does the Commission intend to take to ensure that European consumers are correctly informed in this matter and safeguard the competitivity of the Italian horsemeat sector?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-009375&language=EN

 

Standard welfare conditions for horses across the EU – E-010234/2014      

Question:

In many Member States, tourist attractions include horse-and-carriage city tours. Given that horses are sentient beings rather than machines, is the Commission considering the introduction of standard welfare conditions for working horses across the EU in order to regulate hours of rest and work and lay down requirements as regards better conditions, food and water consumption and other factors which impact upon the proper treatment of these horses?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-010234&language=EN

 

Companion Animals

Dogs

Killing of Excalibur – E-009748/2014        

Question:

1. In view of the killing of Excalibur, what specific measures will the Commission take under the EU’s 2012-2015 Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals with a view to ensuring compliance with Protocol P4 and/or achieving the goal of zero killings?

2. Will it standardise the protocols on quarantine for biosafety reasons and euthanasia?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-009748&language=EN

 

Pets

Travelling / selling

Transport of invertebrates – problems with application of the Regulati – P-001065/2015

Question

The French pet shop workers' union Prodaf has already drawn the attention of DG SANCO to this issue in December 2014 and January 2015. At a meeting on 9 January2015 in Brussels between UPS and Unit G.3, reference was made to the forthcoming publication of new guidelines. I can hardly stress too much the urgency of the situation for many people working in this sector.

1. Has the Commission yet identified any possible approaches to this issue?

2. Could the Commission please state when it expects to publish these new guidelines?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=P-2015-001065&language=EN

 

Puppy smuggling – P-000091/2015

Question:

In their role as guardians of the treaties, the Commission and its services such as the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) are responsible for ensuring that EU legislation on animal health and welfare is properly implemented and enforced.

How does the Commission plan to ensure the enforcement of Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 now that it has come into force, given the issues of enforcement with Regulation (EC) No 998/2003?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=P-2015-000091&language=EN

 

Strays

Pets to be included in the European Animal Welfare Act – E-010549/2014

Question:

Is the Commission considering including pets, and in particular stray dogs and cats, in the European Animal Welfare Act?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-010549&language=EN

 

Stray dogs in Romania during the winter – E-009782/2014      

Question:

Can the Commission clarify what special measures have been taken to improve conditions for stray dogs in Romania during the winter?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-009782&language=EN

 

 

Specific issues

Fur

Ban on farming for fur production/animal welfare – E-011036/2014   

Question:

Does the Commission intend to ban this type of farming, which clearly does not obey any animal welfare standards?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2014-011036&language=EN

 

Animals in Experiments

Animal testing in the context of the REACH and Cosmetics regulations – P-000498/2015

Question

Together with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the Commission has recently clarified the relationship between the marketing ban for products tested on animals under the Cosmetics Regulation ((EC) No 1223/2009) and the information requirements under the REACH Regulation ((EC) No 1907/2006). It has made clear that the testing and marketing bans in the Cosmetics Regulation do not apply to testing required for environmental endpoints, exposure of workers or non-cosmetic uses of substances under REACH.

I would therefore welcome a clarification from the Commission on why it considers such an exception to be necessary, and why the tests used to ensure consumer safety cannot be applied to worker safety

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=P-2015-000498&language=EN

 

Animal Health Law

Animal categories in the Animal Health Regulation – E-000711/2015

Question:

1. Why is there no category of ‘non-kept animals’ in the Animal Health Regulation?

2. Why does the Commission want to categorise stray animals as wild, instead of giving them their own category of ‘non-kept animals’?

Answer: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2015-000711&language=EN

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Eat animals alive: the new cruel "fashion" food

All around the World, many animals such as sea food, insects or even frogs are eaten alive. Eating live food is considered a real delicacy in some parts of the world. Live-food connoisseurs actually believe the meat tastes better if the animal is still alive, partly alive, or taking its final breaths before you eat it.

More information on http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/03/21/animals-that-are-eaten-alive-around-world/

and http://www.thedailymeal.com/animals-eaten-alive-around-world/3714

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Bay Harbor Islands (Florida, USA): A law for banning the sale of live animals

In Bay Harbor Islands, a new approved ordinance will prohinit the sale of any pet animals in the town. The goal of this ordinance, is to increase the adoption of dogs in the overcrowded petshops. There is currently no petshops selling animals in Bay Harbor Islands, and the ordinance wants to prevent the opening of some. Petshops will be allowed to sell only animals' accessories and food. This ordinance also aims to prevent any breeding defect or development of puppy mills.

More information on http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/13/3992717/bay-harbor-islands-gives-initial.html

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