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Parliamentary questions
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7 February 2018
Question for written answer E-000753-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Stefan Eck (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Indonesian dog meat trade, animal cruelty and rabies control
 Answer in writing 

NGO investigations have raised serious concerns about Indonesia’s dog meat trade. In addition to extreme animal cruelty, this trade has significant public health implications. The link between the dog meat trade and the spread of rabies is well established.

Indonesia has pledged to eliminate rabies by 2020, yet the dog meat trade operates in breach of recommendations and guidelines on rabies control and elimination by leading human and animal health experts (OIE, WHO, PAHO, FAO), and involves the large-scale uncontrolled movement of dogs. The dogs are often transported long distances and often illegally crossing between provinces in clear breach of Indonesia’s own anti-rabies rules. This zoonotic disease is now endemic in 24 of the country’s 33 provinces.

Under the ongoing negotiations for an EU-Indonesia free trade agreement, collaboration on animal welfare and animal health is envisaged in the textual proposal for a chapter on SPS measures.

1. Is the Commission aware of the investigative reports concerning the trade in dog meat in Indonesia?

2. Will it address the issue of the dog meat trade and rabies prevention and control within the framework of its negotiations on SPS measures with Indonesia?

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