EU Petition No 0251/2014 by Pia Berrend (Luxembourgish) on the mistreatment of stray dogs in Romania

A new EU petition on stray dogs has been published. The petitioner states that Romania uses only one method to control the dog population: euthanising stray dogs. The petitioner considers this practice to be contrary to European values and asks the European institutions to enforce Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Read the Petition:


UK magazine Dogs' today relating the VIER PFOTEN Wild?Me? Campaign

The UK Magazine "Dogs'today" has devoted an article on the VIER PFOTEN Campaign against the consideration of stray dogs as wild animals in the EU Animal Health Law.

Read more about the campaign Wild? Me? here:

Read the article here: 20150511_Dogs Today_Protecting strays from the call of the wild 


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

UPDATE / Last news:

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:



EU Parliament voted a resolution on dealing with the problem of stray dogs






On 27 January 2014, the MEP Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris has recorded a "motion for a resolution" to be submitted to the vote of the plenary. This resolution has been voted on 18th March 2014. A resolution is an official call from the EU Parliament to another EU Institution to do something on a topic.

The European Parliament,

– having regard to Rule 120 of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas, despite an increase in the number of adoptions from animal shelters, the problem of stray animals is still far from solved in the EU;

B. whereas the control methods used to date – most of which involve capture and sterilisation – have failed to stem the problem;

C. whereas some Member States have employed drastic measures, including euthanasia;

D. whereas Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union requires the EU and Member States to ‘pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals’, since they are sentient beings; whereas EU animal welfare legislation covers a range of issues including breeding, slaughter and scientific research, but still contains no provisions on stray animals;

E. whereas, according to recent estimates, there are more than 100 million pets in the EU;

1. Calls on the Commission to draw up general guidelines on dealing with the problem of stray animals in accordance with general animal welfare principles;

2. Calls on the Member States to use part of their structural funding to address the problem of stray animals, focusing first and foremost on the areas in which the problem is most acute.


Press Conference in the EU Parliament on Stray Dog situation in Romania

Yesterday, the Members of the European Parliament, Andrea Zanoni and Janusz Wojciechowski, held a press conference in the European Parliament to discuss the result of their delegation visit to Romania, following the adoption of the new law on dog population management.

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