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Parliamentary questions
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10 December 2015
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-013262/2015

The Commission believes that efforts should be concentrated on the enforcement of the existing requirements applicable to farmed fur animals(1). The Commission believes that the initiatives by stakeholders aimed at raising awareness on the importance of animal welfare and the implementation of best practices could contribute to the proper enforcement of the legislation. In this specific area Fur Europe(2), the organisation representing the European fur sector, has launched a science-based animal welfare assessment programme called WelFur. According to Fur Europe, WelFur is based on the principles of the Commission's Welfare Quality programme.

Different aspects of animal welfare, such as upgraded housing conditions going beyond the mandatory standards, may be supported under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). This support could include, if so foreseen in the Rural Development Programme (RDP), upgraded housing conditions for minks. In this case, such animal welfare commitments should be included in the RDP. Animal welfare measure is a voluntary measure to be chosen by the Member State to be included or excluded in their RDPs.

(1)OJ L 221, 8.8.1998, p 23.

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