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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2017
E-003371-17
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Syed Kamall (ECR)

 Subject:  Otter cull in Lower Austria
 Answer(s) 

I have been contacted by a constituent who is concerned about the recent permission given for the cull of 40 otters in Lower Austria.

My constituent believes that otters are protected under the European Union’s Fauna and Flora Habitats Directive(1) and therefore cannot be legally culled. She also believes that this cull directly threatens the health and well-being of the otter population.

Can the Commission confirm whether:
1. It is aware of the proposed cull of 40 otters in Lower Austria?
2. It believes that the cull is in breach of EC law?
3. It intends to raise objections or take action against Lower Austria for contravening EC law?

(1) Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora, OJ L 206, 22.7.1992, p. 7.

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