Special Focus: Stray Dogs population management in Romania

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:

green_arrow Legal overview about killing of healthy stray animals in Europe



· Romanian Animal Welfare Law (General)

· Summary of Romanian Legislation on stray animals

· The new Law and the Court judgment

· The Invalidated Law and the Court judgment

– The invalidated "Methodology law"



· 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”.

· Convention of the Council of Europe on companion animals ETS 185

– EU Parliament’s Motion for a Resolution on Stray Animals, 18 March 2014

· EU Parliament Written Declaration 26/2011 on Dog Population Management

· 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)


Vilnius Declaration

History of milestones for Stray Dogs in Europe

Conferences and workshops

· 2008 Parliamentary Evening – The Community Animal Health Strategy and current solutions for the Stray Dogs problem in Eastern Europe

· 2008 Conference – Systematic and Science-Based Solutions for the Management of Stray Dogs in Europe

· 2010 Romanian-European Animal Welfare Roundtable – From Amsterdam to Lisbon, 4 May 2010, Hotel Leopold, Brussels

· 2010 Conference – Responsible Dog Ownership in Europe: Conference on Canine Overpopulation in Europe and Sustainable Solution Strategies, 4 and 5 October 2010, Sandton Hotel Leopold, Brussels

· 2011 Conference – 1st Conference on Animal Welfare in The Baltic Region – Responsible Ownership, 5 and 6 May 2011, Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius

· 2011 CAROdog 2nd Technical Workshop – Canine traceability in the EU, Towards an EU-wide compatible I&R system, 17 and 18 November 2011, Teramo (Italy)

– 2013 CAROdog 3rd I&R workshop

– 2013 Conference on the welfare of cats and dogs in the EU

– 2014 Expert workshop on stray animals in Europe

– 2014 CAROdog 4th canine and feline traceability expert workshop


Press Release of VIER PFOTEN


· VIER PFOTEN Petition

· HSI Petition

· TASSO Petition


VIER PFOTEN “Dogs for people” project in Romania (In English)

EP Parliamentary Questions on the treatment of dogs in Romania:

Written Questions related to the Romanian Stray Dogs: written questions asked by MEPs and answered by the EU Commission related to the Romanian stray dogs for the last 3 years