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Parliamentary questions
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29 April 2015
Question for written answer E-006899-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dominique Bilde (NI) , Sophie Montel (NI)

 Subject:  Commission proposal to classify stray dogs and cats as wild animals.
 Answer in writing 

For a number of years, the Commission has been reviewing the animal health regulations. In this regard, Parliament has proposed that all dogs in Europe be identified and registered to help combat trafficking or abandonment.

However, another proposal seeks to classify stray domestic animals as wild animals. This could, for example, allow hunters to shoot them in certain situations.

Given that the domestication process has profoundly altered the species that have undergone it, this proposal would be disastrous. Furthermore, Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union states that animals are ‘sentient’ beings and this proposal would therefore be at odds with animal welfare.

Does the Commission intend, therefore, to reconsider this proposal to classify stray dogs and cats as wild animals?

Original language of question: FR 
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