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Parliamentary questions
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31 March 2017
Question for written answer E-002381-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Neena Gill (S&D)

 Subject:  CITES follow-up
 Answer in writing 

At the 17th Conference of the Parties to CITES last year, a comprehensive package of decisions was adopted regarding tiger farming with the support of the Commission and the EU Member States.

The implementation of these decisions will likely result in effective country-specific time-bound actions to tackle trade in captive tiger parts. For example, CITES Decision 17.229 requests that the CITES Secretariat conduct a review of tiger farms, with a view to identifying facilities of concern, and undertake missions to countries with such facilities.

It is a matter of serious concern that these laudable decisions adopted at the CITES Conference may remain unimplemented owing to lack of funding. It is crucial that funding be provided for implementation of these decisions — since 2010 there has been a marked increase in the keeping and breeding of tigers in Southeast Asia for trade in their parts and products. Based on publicly reported seizure data alone, it appears that more than 300 captive tigers have been recovered from illegal trade since 2000.

Will the Commission provide funding for the implementation of CITES Decision 17.229 and other decisions related to trade in tigers and other Asian big cats?

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