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Parliamentary question - E-000134/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Ms Kyriakides on behalf of the European Commission

EU animal welfare legislation for farmed animals consists of two Regulations and five Directives laying down common minimum standards[1].

In addition to this legislation, Member States are allowed to establish, or maintain, stricter national rules in certain areas[2]. The welfare of wild animals remains under the sole competence of the Member States.

The term ‘wild animal’ may have different meaning in EU legislation. For example, animals belonging to species that are not domesticated and are normally living in the wild can be considered as wild animals also if they are fenced in[3].

Animal health legislation, on the other hand, defines wild animals as animals which are not kept by humans[4]. Animal welfare legislation follows the latter approach by excluding animals living in the wild from its scope[5].

The reply to question 2, therefore, is positive, depending of course on the understanding of the term and/or on the type of the fenced area.

The Commission’s view is that animal welfare rules should take into account the conditions under which animals are kept. Therefore, welfare requirements for animals kept in fenced areas may differ from those for animals kept under other conditions.

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