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Parliamentary questions
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18 December 2014
Question for written answer E-011036-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Sophie Montel (NI) , Dominique Bilde (NI) , Florian Philippot (NI) , Steeve Briois (NI)

 Subject:  Ban on farming for fur production/animal welfare
 Answer in writing 

The European Parliament calls in paragraph 16 of its resolution of 4 July 2012 on the European Union Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012-2015 for the WTO to rapidly incorporate ‘non-commercial concerns into the strategy for World Trade, so as to avoid that the competition between EU Member States — required as they are to comply with the most stringent animal welfare standards in the world — and third countries is distorted’.

In paragraph 17, it considers that ‘it should be obligatory to inform consumers whether an imported product, or a product containing an imported product, is made from animals that were kept under conditions different from those required by European animal welfare regulations’. However, numerous animal protection societies regularly complain of the atrocious conditions in which animals reared for fur (mink, rabbit, chinchilla, fox etc.) are kept and the unspeakable suffering inflicted on them both in France and in other Member States which authorise such farming.

The recommendations set out in Article 3 of the European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes of 10 March 1976 are clearly being flouted.

Does the Commission intend to ban this type of farming, which clearly does not obey any animal welfare standards?

Original language of question: FR 
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