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Ban on trade in cat and dog fur

The European Union (EU) bans trade in cat and dog fur, including imports and exports. It also introduces accompanying measures to ensure the effectiveness of this ban.

ACT

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.

SUMMARY

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.

Background

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.

REFERENCES

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

RELATED ACTS

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council of 23 January 2006 on a Community Action Plan on the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2006-2010 [ COM(2006) 13 final – Official Journal C 49 of 28.2.2006].
For the period 2006-2010, the European Union (EU) is planning general measures aimed at ensuring animal welfare and protection. The measures will focus on improving standards, developing research and indicators, informing professionals and consumers and taking action at international level.

Last updated: 11.03.2008
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