EU position paper on trade between EU and ASEAN silent on wildlife trade
Posted on 11/06/2013
Today, the European Commission’s DG TRADE presented its Commission services’ Annex on Vietnam to the Position Paper on the Trade Sustainability Impact Assessment of the trade agreement between the EU and ASEAN.
During the meeting, Eurogroup for Animals was surprised by the omission of the issue of wildlife trade and expressed its strong concern. Vietnam is major actor in the illegal trade of threatened and endangered wildlife species (e.g. Rhino horn, ivory, tigers, bears, turtles, primates). Answering to our demand to include the issue in the report, the Head of Unit in charge of south & South East Asia, Australia and New-Zealand stated that the illegal trade in wildlife will be taken into account by negotiators. Eurogroup for Animals also recommended that the implementation and enforcement of CITES decisions and action plans (e.g. Ivory, Rhino horn) are specifically mentioned.
Concerning farm animals, Eurogroup for Animals expressed its concerns in relation to the development of the industrial sector and the lack of animal welfare standards, in particular the housing for pigs and poultry. We urged the negotiators to include a provision on animal welfare in the SPS chapter. We also urge the European Commission to include live animals and meat in the negotiations on the rules of origin.