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Parliamentary questions
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12 September 2017
Question for written answer E-005651-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Frédérique Ries (ALDE)

 Subject:  Ill-treatment of Finnish blue foxes
 Answer in writing 

According to an investigation by the Finnish association Oikeutta eläimille, blue foxes are currently reared on 30 fur farms in Finland, five of which have been found to be engaged in abusive practices involving overfeeding. Numerous videos have been circulated with horrific images of obese foxes held in cages of one square metre. In its natural habitat the blue fox, a member of the dog family, weighs approximately 3.5 kg; foxes in these fur farms reach weights of close to 20 kg. The purpose of this ill-treatment is to obtain as much fur as possible from the animals: first by overfeeding them to make them obese; then by starving them so that damage to the fur during its removal can be minimised. Much of the blame, according to Oikeutta eläimille, rests with Saga Furs, which sells 83% of the furs in question to major European luxury goods brands.

Council Directive 98/58/EC, concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes, requires Member States to ensure that animals are not caused any unnecessary pain, suffering or injury.

What does the Commission intend to do to see that Union law is applied and to put a stop to the ill-treatment of Finnish blue foxes?

Original language of question: FR 
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