Parliamentary question - E-006602/2011Parliamentary question

Treatment of puppies in eastern Europe

Question for written answer E-006602/2011
to the Commission
Rule 117
Licia Ronzulli (PPE)

According to the WHO, every 10 minutes one person in the world dies of rabies, a disease prevalent mainly among wild animals. The disease remains widespread because of illegal trade in domestic animals coming from eastern European countries, such as Romania, Bulgaria and Slovenia, where it is still endemic.

According to the Anti-Vivisection League (AVL) and the National Federation of Italian Veterinarians, puppies still too young to be vaccinated are made to undergo terrifying journeys in unhygienic conditions, leaving them weak and thus more vulnerable to contagion. Even though the Community legal framework on this matter is extremely clear, in practice Regulation 998/2003 and Directive 65/1992 are too often disregarded. For example, the documents needed for the commercial transport of domestic animals are often falsified so as to keep costs low and prices competitive.

The many loopholes in the controls applied by some Member States enable shippers, veterinarians and traders to sidestep the rules. Few policemen, for example, are equipped with the microchip readers needed to check whether information contained in a passport matches that memorised on a transponder.

In the light of the above, what firm measures will the Commission take to encourage the Member States to provide the equipment needed to manage and overcome this problem, such as the microchip readers mentioned above?

Will the Commission take the measures needed to ensure that the existing and effective EU legislation on this matter is finally implemented?

OJ C 128 E, 03/05/2012