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Ban on trade in cat and dog fur
Regulation (EC) No 1523/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2007 banning the placing on the market and the import to, or export from, the Community of cat and dog fur, and products containing such fur.
The Regulation bans, from 31 December 2008, the placing on the market and the import to or export from the European Union (EU) of cat and dog fur and products containing such fur.
The ban may exceptionally be subject to derogations by the Commission, for educational or taxidermy purposes.
By 31 December 2008 the Member States must inform the Commission of the analytical methods they use to identify the species of origin of fur (e.g. MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry). The Commission may adopt measures establishing analytical methods to be used in this sphere.
By 31 December 2008 the Member States must lay down appropriate penalties to ensure that the ban is complied with and notify those provisions to the Commission.
By 31 December 2010 the Commission must report on the application of the Regulation.
The Treaty does not allow the Community to legislate on the basis of ethical concerns. That is why the proposal is based on the possibility, confirmed by consistent Court of Justice case-law, of adopting measures aimed at preventing obstacles that may affect the functioning of the Internal Market, in this case in the fur trade sector.
Several Member States have in fact already taken measures to restrict trade in cat and dog fur on their territory, forcing professionals in this sector to comply with different obligations depending on the country.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Regulation (EC) No 1523/2007||16.1.2008||-||OJ L 343, 27.12.2007|