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1 February 2019
Question for written answer E-000607-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Eleonora Evi (EFDD) , Bart Staes (Verts/ALE) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL) , Julie Ward (S&D) , Thomas Waitz (Verts/ALE) , Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD) , John Flack (ECR) , Isabella De Monte (S&D) , Mark Demesmaeker (ECR) , Pascal Durand (Verts/ALE) , Keith Taylor (Verts/ALE) , Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL) , Benedek Jávor (Verts/ALE) , Dario Tamburrano (EFDD) , Alex Mayer (S&D) , Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL) , Ivo Vajgl (ALDE) , Heidi Hautala (Verts/ALE) , Emil Radev (PPE) , Guillaume Balas (S&D) , Miriam Dalli (S&D) , Marlene Mizzi (S&D) , Tilly Metz (Verts/ALE) , Karin Kadenbach (S&D) , Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE) , Florent Marcellesi (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  EU-wide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses for reasons of public safety and security, human and animal health
 Answer in writing 

The use of animals in circuses has implications for public safety and security, human and animal health.

The inadequacy of the structures in which the animals are kept, the proximity of the circuses to urban areas and deficiencies in security measures often lead to accidents(1).

Moreover, due to the itinerant nature of circuses, animals have to endure long journeys and continuous relocations, spending a long time in lorries and tiny cages as a result, with the consequence that the risk of spreading diseases and of accidents during their transport increases.

These concerns are exacerbated by lack of harmonisation. Twenty-two Member States have already put restrictions, a partial or a full ban in place, as have several municipalities. Nevertheless, they have to accept circuses with animals passing through their territory.

Animal welfare concerns should also be mentioned in this context, together with the lack of educational value of performances that involve animals and the lack of support from EU citizens for the use of wild animals in circuses(2).

In light of the above:
1. Does the Commission intend to prepare a proposal for an EU-wide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses?
2. Can the Commission clarify whether circuses using wild animals receive any support through EU‐funded programmes?

(1)Source: http://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/wp-content/uploads/E4A-Circus_Report-Digital-OK-v2.pdf?utm_source=PDF&utm_campaign=CircusReport

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