Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

TTIP and Animal welfare

TTIP and Animal welfare

Animal welfare is one of many issues where Labour MEPs have raised concerns about TTIP. Alongside my Labour MEP colleagues, Dame Glenis Willmott and Jude Kirton-Darling, I tabled(?) several written questions on the potential impact of TTIP on animal welfare. These concerned whether the European Commission could confirm that TTIP represents no threat to the bans on the marketing of animal-tested cosmetic products and ingredients and on the testing of cosmetic products and ingredients on animals within Regulation No (EU) 1223/2009, and that the EU will not countenance any removal or dilution of these provisions in the negotiations; whether the Commission could confirm that TTIP represents no threat to other existing EU legislation (and other measures) for the protection of animals, and that the EU will not countenance any removal or dilution of these provisions in the negotiations; and finally, whether it could  confirm that the EU will ensure that TTIP does not prevent it from retaining the freedom to legislate in the future for enhanced animal protection, including in a manner that prohibits or restricts trade with the US, where it believes that this reflects the wishes of EU citizens. The (relatively encouraging) response from the relevant Commissioner Andriukaitis can be viewed here:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getAllAnswers.do?reference=E-2016-005717&language=EN

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