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Parliamentary questions
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26 February 2015
E-002934-15
Question for written answer E-002934-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL) , Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Consumer protection — fur products
 Answer in writing 

Last week, German broadcaster ARD showed a ‘Plusminus’ programme focusing on fur(1). The programme demonstrated that several clothing items labelled as ‘fake fur’ in fact consist of real fur (raccoon, dog, rabbit, mink, etc.); this is evidence of systematic labelling fraud in the context of both domestic fur production and products imported from China. Footage also showed severe animal welfare violations during fur production in north Germany. Furthermore, it was abundantly clear that many products containing fur had residues of carcinogenic chemicals known to be dangerous to human and animal health. Back in 2011, a study by NGO Vier Pfoten entitled ‘Gift im Pelz 2011’ warned of dangerous chemical residues(2).

What measures will the Commission take to safeguard consumer protection in the light of these recent findings?

1. It has again been shown that fur farming does not comply with EU animal welfare standards. To what extent does the Commission envisage a ban on fur farming and an import ban on products containing fur?

2. If consideration is not being given to a ban, what measures will the Commission take to improve animal welfare standards in fur production?

(1)http://www.daserste.de/information/wirtschaft-boerse/plusminus/videos/gift-im-pelz-100.html
(2)http://www.vier-pfoten.de/themen/wildtiere/pelz/die-wahrheit-ueber-pelz/giftiger-pelz/#studie

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