Motion initiated by MEP Aldo Patriciello
The European Parliament,
– having regard to the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, which was signed in Strasbourg in 1987 and came into force on 1 May 1992,
– having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas public procurement plays a significant part in the economies of the Member States and may in fact account for more than 16% of Union GDP;
B. whereas the EU constitutes a significant market and, at the same time, provides a transit route for the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn, ivory and animals and plants threatened with extinction, and whereas it is therefore ideally placed to monitor trading and trafficking;
C. whereas the illegal trade in products derived from wild animals is a global phenomenon, and whereas demand for such products is increasing all the time, in particular in south-east Asia;
1. Calls on the Commission to impose stiffer criminal penalties on persons who are involved in the illegal trade in pet and other animals and who exploit and mistreat them.