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

The Commission has no information on the numbers of dogs exported to third countries and cannot confirm an increase in exports of huskies to tropical countries. Also, the Commission is not aware of a study on the susceptibility of husky dogs to tropical climate as mentioned in the question. However, the risks of tropical climate to the health and welfare of a dog bred for outdoor work in the Arctic would appear self-evident. It is therefore the responsibility of the owners to protect their dogs from adverse climate conditions.

The existing EU rules ensure that trade in dogs does not cause spread of risks to animal and public health. In the context of the EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals 2012-2015(1), the Commission decided to perform a study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices, including the export to third countries. In the light of this study, which is expected to be finalised by the end of 2014, the Commission will consider if it is necessary to take specific initiatives in this field with due regard to the competences conferred by the Treaty to the European Union.

(1) COM(2012) 6 final.

OJ C 426, 27/11/2014
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