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Parliamentary questions
20 May 2010
P-2407/2010
Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is not aware of street traders in Bulgaria trying to encourage tourists to have photographs taken with monkeys or reptiles.

With regard to the animal welfare aspects referred to in this question there is no EU legislation covering these activities. They fall under the subsidiarity principle and can be addressed by national measures in accordance with the Treaty. However, to verify whether the specimens of monkeys and reptiles in question are legally obtained and properly housed, the Commission will contact the CITES(1) authorities in Bulgaria.

(1)Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

OJ C 138 E, 07/05/2011
Last updated: 26 May 2010Legal notice