EU Parliament’s petitions

Petition No 1114/2018 by M. S. (Finnish) on the alleged cruel treatment of dogs in Cyprus. The petitioner denounces the allegedly cruel treatment of hunting dogs in Cyprus, estimated at 125.000,  most  of  which  are  kept  in  cages  located  in  home  courtyards,  close  to  dwellings, further  afield  in  the  fields  and  in  the  mountain  area  and  which  can  be  heard  constantly barking, at times continuously for up to 5 hours. She claims that animal protection authorities will not act as long as the dogs get water and food.

Petition No 0049/2015 by S. de R. (Dutch), on the compulsory vaccination of puppies. The petitioner complains about the rules for vaccinating puppies against rabies which have been in place since 29 December 2014. 

Petition No 1646/2014 by Antonia Morral Agusti (Spanish) on EU regulation on pet protection. The petitioner requests the adoption of a EU regulation on pet protection. She acknowledges that part of the competences belong to Member States and in the Spanish case, to the different regions. However, she reminds that the Directive 2010/63/EU is also applicable to pets. In particular she asks for an enforcement of veterinary controls regarding animals coming from non EU members, since several cases of dogs with hydrophobia coming from Maghreb have taken place recently. Furthermore, she considers that both legal measures and advertisement campaigns on vaccination, abandonment, sterilization and making chips compulsory could be made at European level.

Petition No.1071/2014 by Linda Mäki-Sulkava (Finnish) on breeding of unhealthy traits in animals (dogs).

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

Answer to the petitions 2128/ 2013  Answer to petition 2128/2013 by Eva Johansson on the situation of stray animals in the EU and the problem of children witnessing the ill-treatment of stray animals.

Petition 595/2011, submitted by Kendra Pinder, addressed alleged mistreatment of animals in Romania. According the petitioner, the animals have been mistreated in Romania and have been put to death using cruel methods citing a case of 220 slaughtered dogs in Botoşani. Petitioner stresses that the killing of dogs has become a lucrative business in Romania and asks the European Union that due to corruption within the country monitors more closely EU funds allocated to that Member State.

Petition 1234/2011, submitted by Marja Kokkonen, also addresses ill-treatment of dogs and cats in Romania and condemns treatment of stray dogs in the Romanian city Barlad. According to photos that show dog catchers capturing the animals and often hurting them it seems that despite of the EU funds given to Romania to resolve the situation with stray dogs, nothing has changed. A lot points to the fact that the funds have ended up in the pockets of the (local) authorities instead. The petitioner requests to investigate treatment of stray animals in Romania.

Petition 1274/2011, submitted by Rumi Becker on behalf of "Ärzte für Tiere e.V." (Dogs 4 Dogs European Network), and 157 456 co-signatories, draws attention to the lack of EU rules with regard to the protection of homeless and stray animals. Due to the lack of legal regulations within the EU, these animals are subjected to cruelty particularly in some countries, such as Romania and Italy. The petitioner has asked for establishment of rules for several issues such as: breeding of animals as pets; state vaccination and castration programmes; implementation of animal welfare lessons in schools; a ban on 'killing stations'; a ban on the killing of stray animals without medical indication and the obligatory use of painless euthanasia; a ban on killing for commercial reasons (fur production); minimum standards for shelters; ban on the hunting and shooting of stray dogs and cats; ban on the use of stray animals for laboratory experiments and obligatory identification and registration.

Petition 1613/2010, submitted by Rosa Letamendia Perez de San Román on behalf of the Spanish NGO "Sociedad Protectora de Animales y Plantas de Alava Vicky Moore", drives the attention of the Committee to an uncontrolled export of a large number of stray dogs and cats from Spain to other EU Member States. Such an approach results in a serious infringement of the EU provisions on animal health requirements governing trade in and the transport of pet animals between Member States. According to the petitioner, the problem of stray animals in Spain and trade in these animals should be solved in an effective and animal friendly way. The petitioner has called on the European Parliament to look into the matter