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Parliamentary questions
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19 May 2015
E-007870-15
Question for written answer E-007870-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Karin Kadenbach (S&D)

 Subject:  Report on the implementation of Council Directive 98/58/EC concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes, with a particular focus on fur animals
 Answer in writing 

Under Article 5(2) of Council Directive 98/58/EC concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes, the Commission, on the basis of experience acquired since the implementation of the directive, shall submit a report to the Council every five years.

According to the actions foreseen by the Commission communication on the European Union Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012-2015 (COM(2012)0006), the last report was due in 2013.

Animals kept for fur production fall under the scope of Council Directive 98/58/EC. However, contrary to other species kept for farming purposes, fur animals are essentially wild animals and should therefore be given special consideration.

Bearing in mind that Recommendation No 4 of the report of the Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Welfare, adopted on 12-13 December 2001, acknowledges that ‘Since current husbandry systems cause serious problems for all species of animals reared for fur, efforts should be made for all species to design housing systems which fulfil the needs of the animals’, has the Commission submitted a report in the last five years on the implementation of Council Directive 98/58/EC on fur farms? If not, is the Commission planning to submit such a report?

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