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Parliamentary questions
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23 October 2014
E-008277-14
Question for written answer E-008277-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dominique Bilde (NI)

 Subject:  Plucking of live geese
 Answer in writing 

Article 23(3) of the recommendation concerning domestic geese and their crossbreeds, which was issued by the Standing Committee of the European Convention for the Protection of Animals Kept for Farming Purposes and entered into force on 22 December 1999, prohibits the practice of plucking live geese.

Nevertheless, this practice continues to occur on the territory of the European Union, and even represents up to 80% of the worldwide harvest of feathers. Moreover, the six largest producers are European, and France is one of them.

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?

Original language of question: FR 
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