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Parliamentary questions
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18 July 2017
Question for written answer E-004933-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Hannu Takkula (ALDE)

 Subject:  Ongoing worrying animal cruelty in Spain
 Answer in writing 

In Spain, cruelty towards hunting dogs remains worrying. According to estimates, approximately 100 000 greyhounds and hounds are killed each year in the most inhumane ways, for example, by hanging, poisoning and stoning to death. Spanish hunters say that the dogs are only good to use for one hunting season, after which dogs are killed en masse.

However, there is no certainty over the numbers, as more hounds and greyhounds are mass-bred than needed, so that the hunters are able to pick the ‘best individuals’.

A question for written answer on the subject was already tabled to the Commission 12 years ago, in 2005, but the situation in Spain has remained the same.

Are the Spanish authorities aware of the animal cruelty situation and has the topic been discussed with them? What action has the Commission taken in the past 12 years to improve this situation?

Original language of question: FI 
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