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Parliamentary questions
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13 March 2015
E-004204-15
Question for written answer E-004204-15
to the Council
Rule 130
Neena Gill (S&D)

 Subject:  Tackling illegal trade in pet animals
 Answer in writing 

The Latvian Presidency makes reference to ‘legislative proposals on animal welfare’ in a list of main issues to be dealt with in 2015 in the veterinary, phytosanitary, and food safety fields.

A key concern in this area is the trafficking of pets under EU legislation on the movement of pet animals. Aside from the severe risk posed to public and animal health through rabies and other diseases, such trafficking brings with it significant animal welfare concerns.

Does the Council agree that the absence of EU legislation on mandatory registration of pet animals and other issues linked to illegal pet trafficking is one of the key reasons underlying the persistence of this harmful practice?

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