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Parliamentary questions
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19 September 2018
Question for written answer E-004747-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Louis Michel (ALDE) , Frédérique Ries (ALDE)

 Subject:  Rearing and slaughtering animals for their fur in the EU
 Answer in writing 

Rearing animals in battery cages and slaughtering them for their fur causes considerable suffering to the animals: it has been shown that the battery cage system makes it impossible to guarantee the welfare of animals reared for their fur. 

Surveys conducted in various European countries show that the majority of citizens are opposed to rearing and slaughtering animals for their fur and several Member States have already banned the practice, or have adopted measures to put an end to it.

European legislation concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes (Directive 98/58/EC) prohibits any rearing practice that fails to guarantee that the animal ‘can be kept without detrimental effect on its health or welfare’.

1. Does the Commission believe that the conditions in which animals bred for their fur are reared in the EU comply with the requirements of Directive 98/58/EC?

2. If not, does the Commission plan to put forward a European ban on rearing animals for their fur?

Original language of question: FR 
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