Parliamentary question - E-003128/2021Parliamentary question
E-003128/2021

    The resumption of the trade in wild-caught long-tailed macaques in Mauritius

    Question for written answer  E-003128/2021
    to the Commission
    Rule 138
    Manuela Ripa (Verts/ALE), Günther Sidl (S&D), Marie Toussaint (Verts/ALE), Anja Hazekamp (The Left), Francisco Guerreiro (Verts/ALE), Martin Buschmann (NI), Eleonora Evi (Verts/ALE)

    During the revision of Directive (2010/63/EU) on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes, it was acknowledged that animal welfare problems arise from the capture of wild non-human primates. The Directive set 2022 as the implementation date by which only primates who are the offspring of those bred in captivity or sourced from self-sustaining colonies may be used. Recent developments in Mauritius, a major supplier of long-tailed macaques to the EU, are pointing to the resumption of wild-caught trade for breeding and export. The Mauritius government has approved the expansion of one primate farm, allowing up to 1 000 wild macaques to be captured for breeding. This represents a major step backward for animal welfare.

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