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Parliamentary questions
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12 January 2017
Question for written answer E-000142-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Raccoons and EU list of invasive alien species
 Answer in writing 

In its Implementing Regulation 2016/1141, which entered into force on 3 August 2016, the Commission included the raccoon, which has been present in Germany for some time now, on the list of invasive alien species of EU concern pursuant to EU Regulation No 1143/2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species.

This was done even though there is no reliable scientific evidence to show that it is an invasive species and there is little prospect of preventing its spread or removing it from ecosystems in Germany and other EU Member States.

1. Is the Commission aware that the raccoon population in Germany has been estimated at around 700 000 and that the management of these animals is only possible by lethal means, sometimes resorting to barbaric killing traps, so that animal shelters and birth control would be a preferable solution?

2. Is the Commission aware that such a large population, combined with a large incidence of hunting and road accidents, leads to many orphaned and/or injured raccoons being taken in and cared for, particularly in the spring and summer, and that it is therefore counterproductive to ban the keeping of raccoons by reception centres, zoos or private individuals?

3. Can the Commission intervene so as to enable a uniform set of rules on non-lethal management measures to be adopted in Germany in the near future?

Original language of question: DE 
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