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Parliamentary questions
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7 April 2016
Question for written answer E-002848-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Bart Staes (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Measures to prevent cruelty to animals in the EU
 Answer in writing 

Citizens have more and more questions about the way dogs and cats are treated in countries such as Spain.

My colleague Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE) has already asked two questions about this (E-006548/2015 and E-012789/2015). One of them concerned the question of whether the Commission will keep its promise to harmonise the regulations on the registration and identification of pets. The answer to the question was that the Commission would consider the legal options, if the study shows that there are harmful consequences for human and animal welfare.

This same study shows that indeed the current situation endangers the health of humans and animals and besides that it can disrupt the functioning of the internal market.

What measures will the Commission take to harmonise the different national regulations concerning the breeding and keeping of animals, taking into account the fact that the different regulations could lead to unequal market costs and health risks?

What measures will the Commission take to ensure that the existing European legislation on animal welfare during commercial transport is being correctly implemented and complied with?

What time frame does the Commission need to take the necessary measures?

Original language of question: NL 
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