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Parliamentary questions
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23 February 2016
E-001523-16
Question for written answer E-001523-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mark Demesmaeker (ECR)

 Subject:  European ban on the breeding of fur animals
 Answer in writing 

In 2014, more than 41 million mink and 2 million foxes were bred in the EU and killed for their fur. This makes the EU and China the biggest fur producers in the world. Yet as long ago as 2001 the Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare (Scahaw) drew attention to serious animal welfare problems connected with the breeding of animals for fur. Moreover, various opinion polls indicate that there is no public support for these practices, but that on the contrary calls for a ban on the breeding of animals for purposes of fur production are becoming louder and louder in the EU.

As the Commission has so far taken no action, a number of Member States have taken the initiative by imposing national bans themselves.

1. Does the Commission agree that European action to phase out the breeding of fur animals is also called for, in view of the growing pressure of public opinion, the various national initiatives and the known animal welfare problems? If so, what action will the Commission take? If not, why not?

2. Is the Commission considering converting the specific recommendation of the Council of Europe of 22 June 1999 on fur animals into European legislation? If so, when? If not, why not?

Original language of question: NL 
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