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Parliamentary questions
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6 March 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Eleonora Evi, Chiara Gemma, Dino Giarrusso, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Tiziana Beghin, Daniela Rondinelli, Mario Furore
 Subject: The illegal transportation of tigers across EU Member States

In October 2019, a truck containing ten tigers was stopped by Polish authorities after six days of transportation which began in Italy and crossed through Austria, Czechia and Poland with Russia as the intended destination. Italian CITES and health officials had issued permits for the journey to a farm animal transport company that used unsuitable containers and provided false information about the animals, owner, destination and travel time (they estimated a total time of 23 hours when the journey from Italy to Poland alone takes more than 60 hours). Due to the appalling transport conditions, one tiger died and the rest were taken to Polish zoos.

Does the Commission agree that there are serious problems with documenting the whereabouts and movements of captive tigers across Europe, and that this lack of control can help facilitate illegal trade activities?

Is the Commission aware that the Italian prosecutor has dropped the case, in spite of ample evidence of incorrect paperwork and improper transport conditions that violated CITES guidelines?

Given the large number of captive tigers and illegal trade activities in different Member States, does the Commission envisage issuing EU guidance to restrict the commercial trade in captive tigers?

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