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Parliamentary questions
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2 May 2012
Question for written answer E-004515/2012
to the Commission
Rule 117
Carl Schlyter (Verts/ALE)

 Subject: Import of furs from animals caught in leghold traps and snares
 Answer in writing 

The use of leghold traps to catch animals was banned in the European Community back in 1991. At the same time, the import of furs from animals caught in leghold traps outside the Community was also banned. In the meantime, a trade agreement was reached with Canada which permitted the import of animals caught in leghold traps provided it worked on the development of humane traps. A number of ‘humane trapping standards’ were also established under which Canada was supposed to comply with the rules when using leghold traps and snares.

According to Article 5(2)(b) of the Commission’s proposal for a directive of 30 July 2004 (COM(2004) 05322004/0183(COD)), these humane trapping standards mean that up to 20 % of the animals trapped can experience self-directed biting leading to severe injury, fracture, severance of a tendon or ligament, major periosteal abrasion, ocular damage including corneal laceration, and amputation.

Can the Commission confirm that this trading agreement implies that up to 20 % of the animals trapped experience the abovementioned injuries?

 OJ C 308 E, 23/10/2013
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