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Parliamentary questions
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7 January 2015
E-009611/2014(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-009611/2014

The welfare of rabbits farmed for the production of fur or meat is regulated by Directive 98/58/EC(1) which establishes general animal welfare rules for farmed animals. It belongs to the Member States to apply these rules to the farming activities performed in their territory. The Commission is currently not planning to introduce species-specific legislation for the protection of rabbits.

Although no specific support is provided to the rabbit farming under rural development, Member States may provide support through their rural development programmes to farmers who undertake to adopt standards of animal husbandry going beyond mandatory requirements in force.

As regards the activities of the Commission related to ensuring the appropriate use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine, the Commission refers to its answers to previous written questions E-004862/2014, P-006512/2014 and P-014429/2013(2).

(1)Council Directive 98/58/EC concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes; OJ L 221, 8.8.1998, p. 23.
(2)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/plenary/en/parliamentary-questions.html

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