The European Parliament,
– having regard to the large number of petitions from EU citizens requesting the establishment of an EU legal framework for the protection of pets and stray animals (1613/10, 1274/2011, 1321/2011, 1377/2011, 1412/2011 and others),
– having regard to the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals (CETS No 125),
– having regard to Rule 202(2) of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas Article 13 of the TFEU stipulates that, since animals are sentient beings, the Union and the Member States must pay full regard to their welfare requirements;
B. whereas there is no EU legislation for the protection of pets and stray animals, despite the fact that the EU’s pet population is estimated at over one hundred million;
C. whereas the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals has not yet been signed by all Member States;
D. whereas pets and stray animals are victims of mistreatment and cruelty in many Members States, and whereas the petitioners mainly refer to Member States in southern and eastern Europe;
1. Calls on the European Union and the Member States to ratify the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals and to transpose its provisions into national legal systems;
2. Calls on the Commission to put forward an EU legal framework for the protection of pets and stray animals, including:
• rules for the identification and registration of animals,
• stray animal management strategies, including vaccination and sterilisation programmes,
• measures to promote responsible ownership,
• the prohibition of unlicensed kennels and shelters,
• the prohibition of the killing of stray animals without medical indication,
• information and educational programmes in schools on animal welfare,
• severe sanctions to be imposed on any Member State which fails to comply with the rules;
3. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council and the Commission.
October 13, 2011 Written Declaration 026/2011 on Dog Population Management in the EU was adopted by majority vote. 401 MEPs voted in favour of WD0026/2011.
October 22, 2011 members of the German organisation 'Aerzte für Tiere' delivered their petition 1274/2011 to the Chairman of the Petitions Committee, Mrs Erminia Mazzoni.
In March 2012, Occupy for Animals launched the campaign "EU, when do you think it's time to act?" to remind the EU about the adopted Written Declaration 026/2011 and its responsibilities towards the street and domestic animals of Europe. This campaign was supported by ESDAW, MILLION ACTIONS and other organisations as well as by more than 7,000 animal lovers who signed the petition and sent post cards and emails to the EU.
April 24, 2012 Hans-Joachim Richter, representing 'Arzte für Tiere' and Massimo Pradella representing OIPA, spoke about their concerns concerning the protection of stray animals in an interview with the EU Committee on Petitions.
Finally, at this meeting, MEP Erminia Mazzoni (Chair of the Petitions Committee) pointed out that - given the large number of petitions – she thinks that the EU had received a clear political mandate from the European citizens to act on this matter. However, the EU can not go further than the existing agreements and the competences of the European Union, added MEP Erminia Mazzoni.
Finally, she promised to submit a resolution to the European Parliament.
This promise was kept and we thank Mrs Mazzoni from the bottom of our hearts for it!
July 2, 2012, the resolution was submitted at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
July 4, 21012 the resolution was ADOPTED (see previous text).
An international delegation will be at the EU on 24th of January, 2013 to address the problem of the growing stray animals population in Europe.
A video about the dire plight of Europe's homeless animals will be shown, the problem will be discussed, and different petitions will be handed over.
THESE PETITIONS ARE:
► Europe must take responsibility for millions of street animals:
Info and petition here: http://www.eu-protest1-en.aerztefuertiere.de/
► Sofia - Corruption and shady practices hinder the management of stray animals populations
► Ovidiu Portariuc, the mayor of Botosani has hired SC Puppy Vet SRL - known for having killed thousands of stray dogs - and wants to send the city's stray dogs to Constanta, on a dubious 'pilot project'
► The petition against the chaining of dogs
Petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/european-commission-ban-the-chaining-of-dogs-in-the-eu
► The petition to help the Romanians get justice for Tereza Szekely and the 120 innocent animals burnt to death in Cluj/Romania
Info and petition here: http://www.causes.com/causes/800026-justice-for-carer-tereza-and-the-120-cats-and-dogs-burnt-to-death-25-10-2012-in-cluj-romania/actions/1702098
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On 24 January 2013, a meeting of ten animal welfare organizations and the EU Commission took place wherein the organizations presented their experiences of cruelty and abuse against animals in Southern and Southeastern Europe. Our group took part in this meeting representing our country.
For the first time in animal welfare as well as in human psychology, we posed the subject of an international academic study which has begun, linking exposure to animal abuse in public domain and its effect on child development. Discussions about the brutalization towards stray and shelter animals took place as well as the projection of pictures and charts.
Humane efficient methods and successful projects of stray animal population control like T/N/R were also discussed. Further points of discussion were the endemic corruption and the stray animal business on local and national level in many EU member states.
In conclusion the important topic of Identification and Registration was highlighted as the key element to enable and develop Responsible Ownership. These points will be further discussed in the near future exploring possible political measures and studies.
Mrs. Joanna Darmanin, the head of Cabinet of EU Commissioner Tonio Borg / DG SANCO, and Dr. Harry Vassallo, member of Cabinet, hosted the meeting. Also present were heads of Unit Animal Welfare in DG SANCO Dr. Andrea Gavinelli and Dr. Paolo Dalla Villa. A lively discussion took place, however the representatives of the EU Commission pointed out clearly their limited legal competence given by the Treaty of Lisbon. They pointed out that they have to respect the Member States' legal status within the EU system.
We will keep you informed about the ongoing dialogue with the EU Commission, and in parallel, we are starting to develop strategic, as well as concrete, activities with Members of the European Parliament. We must not forget that they are elected representatives of us, as European citizens.
Finally the problem of the cruelty towards our animals in the respective countries are now most present to the EU Institutions and we will continue the political pressure of our respective group as well as of our newly formed EU action group."
January 27, 2013 - Ärzte für Tiere