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Parliamentary questions
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26 January 2017
Question for written answer E-000420-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Stefano Maullu (PPE)

 Subject:  Developing the means to protect animals and monitor their movement around the EU
 Answer in writing 

Each year, around 46 000 dogs are traded between one EU Member State and another, as are possibly an even higher number of cats.

The Commission’s tracking system is not yet able to properly monitor those transactions and is only able to register around half of the estimated number of transactions that take place.

Unscrupulous individuals are using this PETS (Pet Travel Scheme) system to traffic animals around the EU.

Trafficked animals often suffer physical and psychological abuse, which has no place in a civilised and democratic society such as the EU.

Will the Commission take steps to further develop the means of monitoring and protecting animals across borders between Member States, so as to prevent them being trafficked, and if so, what will those steps be?

Original language of question: IT 
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