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Two motions for EU Parliament resolutions on illegal trade of animals

2015-08-17

On August 16th, MEP Aldo Patriciello has introduced the two following motions for resolutions:

 

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on stiffer criminal penalties on persons who are involved in the illegal trade in pet and other animals and who exploit and mistreat them

The European Parliament,

- having regard to the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, which was signed in Strasbourg in 1987 and came into force on 1 May 1992,

-  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas public procurement plays a significant part in the economies of the Member States and may in fact account for more than 16% of Union GDP;

B.     whereas the EU constitutes a significant market and, at the same time, provides a transit route for the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn, ivory and animals and plants threatened with extinction, and whereas it is therefore ideally placed to monitor trading and trafficking;

C.     whereas the illegal trade in products derived from wild animals is a global phenomenon, and whereas demand for such products is increasing all the time, in particular in south-east Asia;

1.      Calls on the Commission to impose stiffer criminal penalties on persons who are involved in the illegal trade in pet and other animals and who exploit and mistreat them.

URL: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=B8-2015-0805&format=XML&language=EN

 

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the illegal trade in animals

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to the 1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora,

–       whereas the UN has declared 3 March World Wildlife Day,

–       having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas the Italian non-governmental organisation LAV marked World Wildlife Day 2015 by drawing attention to the current boom in the illegal trade in animals, which now generates an annual turnover of between USD 8 and 10 billion (roughly EUR 9 billion);

B.     whereas the illegal trade in protected species and products derived from them is particularly big business in the European Union, and whereas Italy has a shameful record when it comes to the trapping, killing and marketing of protected species of fauna and flora, in particular for the Asian and African markets;

1.      Calls on the Commission to take as soon as possible steps to combat the illegal trade in animals, including via the internet, effectively and ensure that traffickers are punished appropriately.

URL: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=B8-2015-0800&format=XML&language=EN


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