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Parliamentary question - E-008179/2012Parliamentary question

Harmonisation of animal welfare standards in Member States

Question for written answer E-008179/2012
to the Commission
Rule 117
Elisabeth Jeggle (PPE) and Sabine Verheyen (PPE)

Except in the case of livestock farming, the rules on animal protection and animal husbandry have not been harmonised in EU Member States. This is a critical flaw, especially in border regions, because persons or holdings banned from keeping animals by the national authorities of one Member State can avoid the ban simply by moving to a neighbouring Member State.

What can the Commission do to put an end to such practices?

How and when does the Commission intend to present a proposal to harmonise standards of animal welfare in relation to animals that are not used in farming?

OJ C 276 E, 25/09/2013