On 9 September 2013, the Romanian Parliament has passed in hurry a critical Law which allows the mass killing of stray dogs. This law has been validated by the Romanian Constitutional Court and signed by President Traian Basescu.
On 1 October 2013, EU Commission has written a letter to Romania to remind Romania to its international obligations, and in particular the OIE guidelines on stray dogs population management which states that killing should only be a last resort solution. This law has raise a massive contest threw Europe and also around the World.
As a consequence, the European Commission has received many complaints about the welfare and management of stray dogs in Romania which have been registered. At the end of 2013, the EU Commission has published in the Official Journal of the EU an answer underlining its support to the CAROdog website (which promotes the no kill strategy) and to " systematic and common information and education strategies on dog welfare".
On June 20 2014, the Bucharest Court of Appeal has suspended the application of the "killing law", by invalidating the so-called "methodology law" enforcing the killing law.
Legal, juridical and political background:
· Romanian Animal Welfare Law (General)
· The new Law and the Court judgment
- The new validated law amending and supplementing the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 155/2001 on the approval of stray dogs management program (in EN)
- Romanian Constitutional Court Judgment of 25 September 2013 (in EN)
· The Invalidated Law and the Court judgment
– The invalidated "Methodology law"
- Explanation from VIER PFOTEN: http://www.vier-pfoten.eu/news-press/press-releases/archive/press-releases-2014/stage-vitroy-for-romanian-stray-dogs-application-of-killing-law-suspended/
- Romanian Court Decision 20th June 2014 (in RO): http://portal.just.ro/2/SitePages/Dosar.aspx?id_dosar=200000000313580&id_inst=2
EU AND PAN-EUROPEAN LEVEL
· Article 13 TFEU
“In formulating and implementing the Union's agriculture, fisheries, transport, internal market, research and technological development and space policies, the Union and the Member States shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals, while respecting the legislative or administrative provisions and customs of the Member States relating in particular to religious rites, cultural traditions and regional heritage”.
– EU Parliament’s Motion for a Resolution on Stray Animals, 18 March 2014
· Council Conclusions on cats and dogs welfare:
· The Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights regarding Romanian stray dogs (ECHR, 26 July 2011, Georgel and Georgeta Stoicescu vs/ Romania, Request n°9718/03)
Conferences and workshops
– 2013 CAROdog 3rd I&R workshop
VIER PFOTEN “Dogs for people” project in Romania (In English)