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Parliamentary questions
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22 October 2018
Question for written answer E-005372-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Miltiadis Kyrkos (S&D)

 Subject:  Radiation on animals
 Answer in writing 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1998 of 5 November 2015 laying down detailed measures for the implementation of the common basic standards on aviation security refers to point of the annex: ‘Where a live animal is permitted to be carried in the cabin of an aircraft, it shall be screened either as a passenger or as cabin baggage’.

Therefore, it is at the screener’s discretion to decide whether the animal should through the walk-through metal detection scanner with its owner or as baggage, screened using x-ray equipment.

However, baggage scanners have not been developed for living organisms. X-rays have a cumulative effect and may cause carcinogenic lesions in large quantities, which means they are harmful to animals.

1. What are the implications of potential repeated exposure to radiation on animal health, considering their low weight?

2. Are these practices compliant with EC law on animal welfare?

3. Is there a revision procedure provided for in this Implementing Regulation, or any other corrective action to change this optional procedure that allows animals to be treated as baggage resulting in potential abuse?

Original language of question: EL 
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