Romania: The Court of Appeal suspended the application of the stray dogs killing law

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On Friday 20 June 2014, the Court of Appeal of Bucharest has suspended the application of the Governmental Decision enforcing the so-called "killing law", following a legal complaint filled by the International Animal Welfare organisation VIER PFOTEN / FOUR PAWS. 

The Court recognized that allowing local authorities to delegate the management of stray dogs to private companies was in contradiction with laws into force.


Since December 2013 and the entry into force of this law also called "methodology law", more than 100,000 stray dogs have been killed, often in a cruel way. Moreover, it appears that shelters are not managed properly and are not really putting dogs to adoption. 

In January already, several Members of the EU Parliament (MEPs) reported in an official Press Conference that shelters are very badly managed and the adoption procedure is very complex which makes it almost impossible for private persons to adopt a dog from a shelter. The EU Commission also recieved so many complains about the Romanian stray dogs situation that it had to provide an official answer published in the EU Official Journal.


The Friday's ruling of the Court of appeal of Bucharest is not yet a victory against the killing of stray animals in Romania, but a chance will be given to the "catch, neuter and release" method to prove its efficiency.

VIER PFOTEN actively supports this No-Kill approach with a combination of preventive veterinary care, Identification and Registration and proper education of the public, as the only sustainable solution to tackle the stray dogs issue on the long run.


The decision of the Romanian Court of Appeal (in Romanian):

The Romanian "killing law": Law no. 258/2013 amending and supplementing the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 155/2001 on the approval of stray dogs management program

Written Questions related to Romanian stray dogs:



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