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Parliamentary questions
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15 June 2015
Question for written answer E-009747-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dominique Bilde (ENF) , Sophie Montel (ENF)

 Subject:  Dolphinaria and the living conditions of dolphins
 Answer in writing 

For several years now, the living conditions of dolphins have been under debate due to numerous warnings. According to experts and veterinarians, the captivity of cetaceans does not permit dolphins to live decently. They are deprived of their natural need to hunt, to travel long distances each day in the water and may adopt aggressive or unnatural behaviour.

Several European Union countries have already banned dolphinaria (Poland, Austria, the United Kingdom, etc.) and other countries have considered an obligation for tanks to have open access to the sea.

1. As part of its animal protection strategy, is the Commission planning to prevent the creation of new dolphinaria?

2. What measures does the Commission intend to implement to ensure greater respect of the living conditions of dolphins, in particular in captivity?

Original language of question: FR 
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