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Parliamentary questions
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7 June 2016
E-004677-16
Question for written answer E-004677-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Daniel Caspary (PPE)

 Subject:  EU subsidies to the Irish Ministry of Agriculture resulting in support for the dubious sale of greyhounds to China
 Answer in writing 
The Irish Ministry of Agriculture receives financial aid under the common agricultural policy. I have the following questions relating to the use of these funds:
1. Is the Commissioner aware that the bodies benefiting from these EU subsidies include the Irish Greyhound Board, which sells greyhounds to China, and thus supports dog races in which few if any of the animal welfare standards in force in Europe are complied with?
2. Does the Commission regard this as a problem?
3. What measures is the Commission considering in order to halt financial support for sales of greyhounds to China which are questionable in terms of animal welfare?
Original language of question: DE 
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