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Parliamentary questions
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9 September 2015
E-012664-15
Question for written answer E-012664-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Aldo Patriciello (PPE)

 Subject:  Animal trafficking
 Answer in writing 

After illegal drugs and arms, animal trafficking is the third largest smuggling operation in the world. On the occasion of World Wildlife Day (3 March 2015), the LAV, Italy's leading animal welfare NGO, announced that illegal animal trafficking was a flourishing business with a turnover of 8 to 10 billion dollars (around EUR 9 billion) and that trafficking in protected species and derived products was concentrated in the European Union in particular. Italy itself holds the unenviable record for the collection, killing and sale of protected fauna and flora, especially that intended for transit towards Asia and Africa.

In view of this:

Can the Commission say what action it intends to take to combat these practices effectively and whether it intends to encourage an EU programme of countermeasures?

Original language of question: IT 
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