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Parliamentary questions
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18 April 2019
Question for written answer E-002021-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Annie Schreijer-Pierik (PPE)

 Subject:  Transnational measures to tackle extremist networks of animal rights activists
 Answer in writing 

In recent months and years, there has again been an increase in instances of trespassing, breaking into livestock housing, criminal damage and threats by animal rights extremists operating internationally against livestock farmers in the Netherlands and elsewhere in the European Union. In the Netherlands, the national authorities still do not have adequate information about the nature and extent of threats against livestock farmers and their families because the police and public prosecutors do not record such incidents as belonging to a separate category of offence.

1. What action will the Commission take to respond across borders to terrorism and other crimes committed by extremist networks of animal rights activists and to protect European citizens and farmers against them? 2. Is the Commission prepared to provide Member States with an overview and thus give them a clearer picture of the nature and extent of the crimes committed by animal rights extremists at European level, to identify the threats, instances of criminal damage and other criminal offences committed by these extremists and how often farmers in the EU Member States report this type of intimidation?

Original language of question: NL 
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