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Parliamentary questions
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5 January 2018
E-000016-18
Question for written answer E-000016-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Aldo Patriciello (PPE)

 Subject:  Extinction of elephants
 Answer in writing 

African elephants have extraordinary cognitive abilities. Their brains have three times as many neurons as those of humans but if the species were to disappear as a result of the illegal ivory trade, the opportunity to study their potential would be lost.

The European Union protects biodiversity (EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking of 26 February 2016 and European Parliament resolution of 24 November 2016 on the said action plan — rapporteur Catherine Bearder) and should take action to safeguard endangered species before it is too late.

Can the Commission therefore answer the following questions:
What immediate steps does the EU intend to take to save African elephants from extinction?
Should the EU not issue an appeal to the international community to ban the ivory trade?
Original language of question: IT 
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