7 September 2012
Cristiana Muscardini (PPE)
Drowned in the river, poisoned, strangled with wire, stoned — these are some of the appalling ways in which stray dogs have been killed according to information provided by animal welfare volunteers in Palermo who take care of the dogs and are continuing their efforts to determine the precise numbers involved. This is not the first time that this problem has come to light, since, as the volunteers emphasise, the thousands of stray dogs to which no one ever pays attention become easy prey for unscrupulous people. Almost every day newspapers carry reports of acts of appalling cruelty against stray cats and dogs.
1. Does the Commission not think that the time has finally come for the EU to take steps to protect this category of animals?
2. Does it endorse the call made by Parliament in its resolution of 4 July 2012 for a legal framework to be drawn up on the protection of stray animals?
Answer given by Mr Šefčovič on behalf of the Commission:
The Honourable Member is invited to refer to the answers to written questions E‐006543/2011, E-007161/2011 and E-009002/2011(1) which address the issues of stray dogs and of dog population management.