Thank you for your message and for sharing your views with us.
As concerns the issues raised in your message, we would like to refer to the following answer provided by Directorate-General for Health & Consumers of the European Commission:
"The Commission is aware that in some Member States the control of the companion animal population, including the welfare of stray dogs, may be problematic for a variety of reasons. However, if Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union requires paying full regard to the welfare requirements of animals when formulating and implementing some EU policies, it does not give a legal base nor require addressing all animal welfare issues.
The welfare of stray animals is therefore not governed by EU rules and remains under the sole responsibility of the Member States.
With reference to the specific comments upon the need of an appropriate dog population management, it is important to remind that the Commission has consistently supported the work performed by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to develop guidelines for the control of stray dog populations, highlighting the important role of the local government agencies for the enforcement of legislation relating to dog ownership and indicating the bodies responsible for developing and implementing appropriate training to regulate dog capture, transport, and holding as well as minimum housing and care criteria.
These standards also insist on the need to use parallel approaches for controlling stray dog population and consider that killing should be carried out in a humane way when necessary, being not a sustainable strategy if performed alone. It is up to each EU Member State, as full member of the OIE, to consider how they might most appropriately use these international guidelines in their national context.
The Commission intends to continue its support for future work of the OIE Regional Platform on Animal Welfare for Europe, at the aim of assisting the OIE Member Countries in Eastern Europe, including Romania, to progressively comply with these standards.
As for the point on the COUNCIL REGULATION 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing, it is important to remind that it only concerns the killing of animals in slaughterhouses as well as those kept for farming purposes. Animals killed under other circumstances (hunting, bullfighting, stray dogs or cats in shelters, animals in the wild, etc.) are not part of the scope of this regulation. Those areas are covered by national legislation and Union competences are either limited (hunting) or excluded.
The Commission is also active in promoting systematic and common information and education strategies on dog welfare and it cooperates with other organizations to the development of the "CARODOG" website (http://www.carodog.eu
), an informative platform on canine population management leading to responsible animal ownership as basic principle for the promotion of companion animal welfare in the EU.
Finally, you may be interested in knowing about the forthcoming conference devoted to "The welfare of dogs and cats in the European Union" which will take place in Brussels on 28th October 2013. It will provide a major opportunity for opening the debate on the impact of the pet trade on animal welfare, public health and consumer protection in the EU.
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[Case_ID: 805889 / 2610911] Romania Oct. 2013
Dear Sir, Madam, To whom it concerns:
Romania violates the European Convention for the protection of pet animals which was ratified by Romania in 2004, namely Article 13 - "Exceptions to the principles laid down in the Convention for the capture, detention and killing of stray animals can not be accepted unless they are inevitable in disease control programs."
In this respect, any EU citizen can make a written complaint to the European Commission concerning the failure of Romania to compliance with Community law, namely the European Convention for the protection of pet animals.
Mass killing is simply not the answer and is totally unacceptable in the civilized world of today.
MASS NEUTERING is the only LONG TERM solution for the decrease of the stray dogs phenomenon, as it aims to the source of the problem.
The law no. 258/2013, just adopted, regarding the mass killing of dogs, is against the provisions of the European Convention ratified by Romania, it clearly contradicts the European norms regarding animal protection, it is contrary to all the conclusions of the studies performed by specialized institutions as the World Health Organization (WHO, Geneva) that concluded that dog slaughter has no result on the dog population in the street, it is contrary to all conclusions and results deriving from the mass euthanasia and killings in Romania, it is contrary to all results obtained in Oradea, Lugoj, Cernavoda and in other countries where “catch, neuter and return” lead to the almost complete eradication of the strays situation.
The law regarding the mass euthanasia destroys morality, human dignity, it gravely affects the physical and psychological welfare of the society and it denies the constitutional right to physical and psychological integrity.
We ask the President, the Government, the Sanitary Veterinary National Authority, the City Halls to show morality, wisdom and common sense and to prevent the implementation of a monstrous law, not dignified for humans