Stray Dogs in Romania


7 September 2012     

Auke Zijlstra (NI)



In 2004 the Romanian town of Oradea had some 5000 stray dogs. In response Petru Filip, the then mayor, authorised various organisations to catch the dogs, castrate or sterilise them, and then release them again. This proved to be an effective way of reducing the population: in 2011 Oradea had no more than 250 stray dogs. However, the Romanian authorities are not prepared to take the same approach on a country-wide scale.

The current Mayor of Oradea, Ilie Bolojan, is now employing the ‘standard’ Romanian method of reducing the stray dog population: dogs are being killed in large numbers.

1. Is the Commission aware of the situation regarding stray dogs in Romania? Is it aware that castration/sterilisation has proved to be a successful way of reducing the stray dog population? Is it also aware that the Romanian authorities are refusing to employ this method and are continuing to kill dogs in large numbers? What view does the Commission take of this?

2. Does the Commission agree that the killing of large numbers of stray dogs is at odds with Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which states that: ‘the Member States shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals’? If so, will the Commission admonish Romania for its actions? If not, why not?

3. Is the Commission prepared to urge the Romanian authorities to employ the successful castration/sterilisation method of reducing the stray dog population? If not, why not?


Answer given by Mr Šefčovič on behalf of the Commission:

The Honourable Member is invited to refer to the answers to written questions E-005087/2011, E-005291/2011, E-006543/2011, E-007161/2011, E-009002/2011 and E‐012303/2011(1).