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Parliamentary questions
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16 May 2013
Question for written answer E-005475-13
to the Commission
Rule 117
Oreste Rossi (EFD)

 Subject:  European Union strategy for the protection and welfare of animals 2012-2015: new developments in relation to English greyhounds and Spanish greyhounds (Galgos) subjected to horrific acts of torture
 Answer in writing 

The Commissioner’s answer to Question E-010202/2012 (17 December 2012), in which he refers to other, supposedly similar questions (E-010625/2010 and E-009212/2011), is considered to be insufficient, especially in light of the new developments in this regard and of Parliament’s adoption, on 4 July 2012, of the European Union strategy for the protection and welfare of animals 2012-2015 (2012/2043(INI)), in particular, where it stresses the importance of implementing the full body of existing animal welfare legislation in all the EU Member States.

In view of the failure to establish a close link between animal health protection and public health in every Member State; of the failure, on the part of the Member States, to implement guidelines and strategies; of the lack of transparency and information that arouses interest in Europe for two reasons: the increase in the illegal trade in animals, especially those bound for third countries, and the use of those animals in scientific research; of the lack of animal welfare standards in relations with third countries; of the need for greater ambition and for high-priority standards to regulate animal welfare, particularly in negotiations, including on non-trade matters; and of the need for resources to increase the number of inspections and to adequately train animal welfare inspectors, can the Commission say:
1. what controls it has introduced with regard to the Member States’ failure to implement guidelines;
2. what controls it is carrying out on the illegal trade between Member States and third countries;
3. what checks it is carrying out on the use of dogs for scientific and research studies;
4. how the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) intends to improve controls and increase the number of inspections in the veterinary field?
Original language of question: ITOJ C 40 E, 11/02/2014
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