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Parliamentary questions
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9 July 2015
E-011129-15
Question for written answer E-011129-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marlene Mizzi (S&D)

 Subject:  Angora wool from China
 Answer in writing 

In 2013 the animal welfare organisation PETA, after visiting 10 angora farms in China, released graphic footage of fur being ripped out of live rabbits to ensure that the angora fibres were as long and thick as possible. The rabbits, whose front and back paws were tied, screamed and writhed in pain as their fur was torn out. Bald and bleeding, the rabbits were pushed back into cramped cages to regrow their fur until it could be plucked again.

Since 90% of the world’s angora wool comes from China, what measures is the EU taking to ban it in the EU28?

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