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5 August 2008
by Cristiana Muscardini (UEN)
to the Commission

 Subject: Trafficking in stray pets
 Answer in writing 

During the summer, newspapers often report cases of pets (in particular cats and dogs) abandoned by their owners as they set off on holiday, and of commercial trafficking in pets from one EU country to another. All such activities are clearly illegal. Legislation concerning pets is uncommon but even in countries in which rules exist, those rules are frequently ignored. In Italy, for example, distressing cases involving pets have recently occurred: the poisoning of dogs in Lampedusa, the discovery of ‘concentration camp’ kennels, injured, sick and starving stray dogs roaming uncared-for around Gragnano — and further examples could be quoted.

On the basis of Regulation (EC) No 998/2003(1), will the Commission state:

its powers and responsibilities as regards the protection of pets,
what action it can take in the case of governments which fail to comply with the above regulation?

Will the Commission also provide information concerning the application or otherwise of the rules concerned?

What action does the Commission intend to take in order to prevent the kind of illegal trafficking described above, which becomes more prevalent during the summer?

(1)OJ L 146, 13.6.2003, p. 1.

Original language of question: ITOJ C 40, 18/02/2009
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