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4 February 2011
Question for written answer E-000830/2011
to the Commission
Rule 117
Robert Sturdy (ECR)

 Subject: Animal cruelty: Galgos (Spanish Greyhounds)
 Answer in writing 

Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union states ‘that — since animals are sentient beings — the EU should pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals in formulating and implementing its relevant policies…and to respond to citizens’ concerns it is necessary to plan appropriate actions at Member State and European level and ensure suitable welfare conditions for dogs and cats',

Is the Commission aware that an estimated 50 000 Galgos (Spanish Greyhounds) are killed or abandoned every year, many of which suffer severe torture and mistreatment prior to their death?

How has the Commission taken action either in partnership with, or against, any Member State where such cruelty is evident?

Has the Commission commissioned any studies into the trade, use and treatment of Galgos in European Member States?

Does the Commission plan to review existing legislation to protect against such widespread gross misconduct?

 OJ C 286 E, 30/09/2011
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