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Parliamentary questions
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26 November 2014
Question for written answer E-009748-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jordi Sebastià (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Killing of Excalibur
 Answer in writing 

On 8 October the dog, called Excalibur, belonging to Teresa Romero (the nursing assistant who contracted Ebola) and Javier Limón was put down while its owners were at the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid (Spain). The Madrid health authorities gave permission for the dog to be destroyed allegedly to avert a potential risk of transmission of the disease to humans.

However, the ‘Excalibur Platform’ and EQUO, a political party, maintain that the dog was not destroyed in accordance with the health protocols in force in Spain, whereby, for example, animals must be put in quarantine and moved to an appropriate safety laboratory (CISA or the one in Algete in Excalibur’s case) and living space must be disinfected, or with animal welfare protocols concerning euthanasia.

1. In view of the killing of Excalibur, what specific measures will the Commission take under the EU’s 2012-2015 Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals with a view to ensuring compliance with Protocol P4 and/or achieving the goal of zero killings?

2. Will it standardise the protocols on quarantine for biosafety reasons and euthanasia?

Original language of question: ES 
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