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The adopted Written Declaration 26


Text of the Written Declaration

The text of the Declaration can be read here


History

A Written Declaration on dog population management in the European Union was launched in the beginning of June by Members of the European Parliament Daciana Octavia Sârbu (S&D, RO), Elisabeth Jeggle (EPP, DE), Adina-Ioana Valean (ALDE, RO), Janusz Wojciechowski (ECR, PL). The Declaration is already signed by 140 MEPs. However, it can be adopted only if it is signed by a total number of 369 MEPs before the lapse date which is 6 October 2011. 

Please find the text of the Declaration is here

Written Declaration No 26 is asking the Member States to adopt sustainable strategies to control overpopulation of dogs and asks the European Commission to encourage the introduction of a mandatory, EU-wide, Identification and Registration (I &R) system for all dogs in the Member States.

 

Uncontrolled canine overpopulation, and lack of common standards for dog management in the EU is creating community health and safety problem. Nowadays, with 120 millions of dogs estimated in the EU, only the identification and registration of all dogs can be an effective measure to manage dog population and fights against mass killing of stray dogs and illegal puppy trade. Indeed, Identification and Registration will permit a better treacibility and consequently a better health of dogs. Moreover, the goal is to have only companion animals kept by responsible owners. Important part of the responsibility is the identification and registration.
If enough signatures are collected, this declaration could permit to ask to the Commission, in the line of Council Conclusions of 29 November 2010, to consider dog population management at the EU level.



Adoption of the Written Declaration on 13.10.2012

After four months the Written Declaration No 26 on dog population management in the European Union has gained more than the majority of the Members of the European Parliament. With this result the Representatives of the European citizens have recognized officially the harm of the growing number of unwanted animals in Europe and solution strategies and want the EU Commission to be active.


The adopted Written Declaration 26 Initiated on 06th of June by Daciana Sârbu (Romania/S&D), Adina Valean (Romania/ALDE), Elisabeth Jeggle (Germany/EPP, Romeva i Rueda (Spain/Grens), and Janusz Wojciechowski (Poland/ECR) provides the possibility for the European Parliament to call on the European Commission to do an assessment of the situation of dogs, consider companion animals within the new Animal Welfare Strategy and the Animal Health Legislation. “Herewith we have reached a big next step towards dog responsible ownership measures in Europe” said Marlene Wartenberg, European Policy Director of VIER PFOTEN, Brussels.” And we are glad to such a good result after four months of giving intensively information in Brussels and Strassburg by a good teamwork together with the Eurogroup for Animals and IFAW”. 


There are estimated 120 millions of stray animals in Europe, and only the adoption of comprehensive dog population management strategies and the promotion of responsible dog ownership will allow to control the number of unwanted dogs. The uncontrolled growing canine overpopulation and the lack of common standards for dog population management in the EU poses a threat to community health and safety by uncontrolled spread of diseases from dogs to other animals and to men and leads to enormous suffering of the animals. 


Most importantly Written Declaration No 26 calls on the European Commission to ensure that the principle of Article 13 of the Treaty to recognize animals as “sentient beings” will be respected by Member States. A first step to be done is the identification and registration of all dogs and cats in the future. To have responsible owners will allow to manage dog population and help to avoid cruel mass killing of stray dogs and illegal puppy trade. Indeed, Identification and Registration will permit a better traceability and consequently a better health of dogs and men .

 

Please see more on a particular website www.carodog.eu .


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