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Parliamentary questions
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15 July 2013
Question for written answer E-008631-13
to the Commission
Rule 117
Cristiana Muscardini (ECR)

 Subject:  Edibility of dogs
 Answer in writing 

Magazines have recently drawn attention to the risk of diseases — rabies and cholera — caused by consignments of dogmeat, for which there is a flourishing market in Thailand, where the profits are estimated at around two million euros. There are no legal restrictions on eating it, although its wholesale marketing is banned. South-East Asia is the main centre of cookery using dogmeat as its principal ingredient. Various organisations and foundations are taking measures to combat trafficking in this meat, which is managed by organised criminals. From the United States to Britain, meanwhile, more and more calls are being heard for action to be taken to control the risk of diseases, bringing pressure to bear on States in the region to honour their commitment to eradicate rabies by 2020. The APCA (Alliance for the Protection of Dogs in Asia) is to hold a summit in Hanoi in August to call on governments to debate the phenomenon and take action once and for all. In Europe, for its part, trafficking in dogs, under the cover of international adoptions and the rounding-up of strays — from Italy to Germany, for example — is aimed not at supplementing restaurant menus but rather at providing raw material for dog food and cat food. ‘Dog eats dog’ is the magazine headline. In this case too, there is a genuine risk of disease. Apart from this aspect, which is serious enough in itself, the trafficking which keeps criminals in business ought to be stopped.

1. Can the Commission guarantee that dogmeat traded from Thailand is not reaching Europe?

2. Is the Commission aware of the prevalence of trafficking, in apparent compliance with regulatory procedures, in dogs leaving Italy for Germany which then disappear, because investigations into suspect financial transfers have failed to produce results?

3. Ought not rules to be adopted in the EU to prevent these animals from being regarded as goods?

4. Would it not be desirable to improve legislation so as to punish severely any person who deals in these animals?

5. Will the Commission be represented at the APCA summit in Hanoi?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 66 E, 06/03/2014
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