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The Strategy

VIER PFOTEN and its projects and policies follows strictly the so called “no kill strategy”, meaning not to kill  healthy animals.


The term “euthanasia”

Some Member States facing the problem of overpopulation have decided to kill Stray Dogs. These programmes are often called “euthanasia” programmes. But, as the former President of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) has clarified several times in public: “Bringing an animal to death without a veterinary diagnosis of an incurable disease or the impossibility to free the animal from essential pain or suffering – just to find a way to solve the problem – is not euthanasia but killing”.


The sustainable solution

It has been proved that killing healthy animals is not effective and leads to an increasing number of Stray Dogs. The World Health Organization (WHO) stated in its Expert Committee on Rabies in 1992, "There is no evidence that removal of dogs has ever had a significant impact on dog population densities or the spread of rabies. The population turnover of dogs may be so high that even the highest recorded removal rates are easily compensated for by increased survival rates…"


As Stray Dogs are not dependent on other animals of the same species to survive, any reduction in the population density through additional mortality is rapidly compensated for by better reproduction and survival.

This means that particularly in Europe, the no-kill strategy provides the only sustainable solution to control and manage Stray Dog population. This approach is a combination of measures such as :

            *Veterinarian prevention including vaccination,


            *Identification and registration,

            *Educational measures for citizens,

This package should be fixed in an agreement between NGOs and municipalities (as Public/private partnership).