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First Act amending the Act prohibiting the trade of animal products

Notification Number: 2016/452/D (Germany)
Date received: 24/08/2016
End of Standstill: 25/11/2016

Issue of comments by: Commission
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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2016) 02629
Directive (EU) 2015/1535
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2016/0452/D

No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Não inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

(MSG: 201602629.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2016 0452 D EN 24-08-2016 D NOTIF


2. Member State
D


3. Department Responsible
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, Referat E B 2, 11019 Berlin,
Tel.: 0049-30-2014-6353, Fax: 0049-30-2014-5379, E-Mail: infonorm@bmwi.bund.de


3. Originating Department
Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft, Referat 321, 53107 Bonn, FAX 0049 228 99 529 4162, TEL 0049 228 99 529 4354, E-Mail 321@bmel.bund.de


4. Notification Number
2016/0452/D - C90A


5. Title
First Act amending the Act prohibiting the trade of animal products


6. Products Concerned
Prohibition on fur farming without permission,
Prohibition on sending heavily pregnant animals to slaughter


7. Notification Under Another Act
-


8. Main Content
The First Act amending the Act prohibiting the trade of animal products [Tiererzeugnisse-Handels-Verbotsgesetz] introduces a basic prohibition on fur farming without permission as well as legal minimum requirements for fur farming as a condition for permission. In addition, it is prohibited to send heavily pregnant animals to slaughter.


9. Brief Statement of Grounds
For animal welfare reasons, a basic prohibition on fur farming without permission is introduced. Fur farming which meets the species-specific requirements of fur-bearing animals while remaining commercially viable is, in practice, currently not possible.

In addition sending heavily pregnant animals to slaughter is prohibited on animal welfare grounds. Recent scientific studies suggest that the slaughter of pregnant animals in Germany is commonplace. There is scientific evidence that foetuses experience pain and suffering before their death, at least from the last trimester of pregnancy. There are currently no binding legal rules which limit the slaughter of heavily pregnant animals.


10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
Reference(s) to basic text(s): the Act of 8 December 2008 prohibiting the trade of animal products (Federal Law Gazette I, p. 2394), most recently amended by Article 407 of the Ordinance of 31 August 2015 (Federal Law Gazette I, p. 1474), is amended.


11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure
No


12. Grounds for the Emergency
-


13. Confidentiality
No


14. Fiscal measures
No


15. Impact assessment
-


16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

No - the draft has no significant impact on international trade.

SPS aspect

No - the draft has no significant impact on international trade.

No - the draft is neither a sanitary nor phytosanitary measure.

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European Commission

Contact point Directive (EU) 2015/1535
Fax: +32 229 98043
email: grow-dir83-189-central@ec.europa.eu

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