Written declaration on dog population management

European Parliament (2009 – 2014)
6.6.2011 0026/2011 expiry date: 06.10.2011

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Written declaration pursuant to Rule 123 of the Rules of Procedure
on dog population management in the European Union

Presentor: Daciana Octavia Sârbu (RO), Elisabeth Jeggle (DE), Adina-Ioana Vălean (RO),

Janusz Wojciechowski (PL)

Written declaration on dog population management in the European Union

The European Parliament,

– having regard to Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty,

– having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 5 May 2010 on the evaluation of the Animal Welfare Action Plan 2006-2010,

– having regard to Rule 123 of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas, according to the Treaty, animals are sentient beings and the EU and Member States must pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals,

B. whereas in some Member States, stray animals pose a threat to public health and safety,

C. whereas some Member States are taking extreme measures against stray animals,

1. Calls on the Commission to ensure that the principle mentioned in Article 13 of the Treaty is respected by the Member States;

2. Calls on the Member States to adopt comprehensive dog population management strategies that include measures such as sterilisation of owned and stray animals, dog control laws and the promotion of responsible pet ownership;

3. Ask the Commission to encourage the Member States to introduce the mandatory identification and registration of every dog, by means of EU-wide compatible systems, in order to avoid the spread of diseases;

4. Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission and the governments of the Member States.

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