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Parliamentary questions
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31 August 2015
E-012302-15
Question for written answer E-012302-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
David Casa (PPE)

 Subject:  Serious welfare issues in the EU rabbit farming industry
 Answer in writing 

Rabbits are the second most farmed animal in the EU and spend most of their lives in cages. The 2005 European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report into rabbit farming underscored a number of welfare issues associated with the farming of rabbits. It is believed that the vast majority of the EU’s rabbits are reared in breach of Council Directive 98/58/EC on the protection of animals kept for farming purposes. These elements remain on the table.

Does the Commission believe that the time has come to propose a specific directive aimed at addressing welfare concerns as regards the farming of rabbits?

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