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Parliamentary questions
4 June 2014
Answer given by Mr Borg on behalf of the Commission

The Honourable Member is invited to refer to the answers to written questions E‐006543/2011, E-007161/2011, E-002062/2012 and E-005276/2013(1) which address the issues of stray dogs and of dog population management and the EU competence on this matter.

The document ‘A7-0129/2014’ is the report issued by EP Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development on the Commission proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Animal Health(2). This proposal lays down measures for the prevention and control of animal diseases but it does not address animal welfare problems.

In line with the definitions given in Article 4 of the proposal and for the purpose of the control of animal diseases, stray animals would be considered ‘wild animals’ when they are not kept by humans and ‘kept animals’ once they are kept by humans (for example in shelters), so that in all cases the most appropriate disease control measures can be applied to them, depending on the way they are kept.

(2)COM(2013) 260 final.

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