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EU Declaration on Dog Population Managment

Tuesday July 12, 2011

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.

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.

Written declaration on dog population management in the European Union

6.6.2011 0026/2011

pursuant to Rule 123 of the Rules of Procedure
on dog population management in the European Union
Daciana Octavia Sârbu, Elisabeth Jeggle, Raül Romeva i Rueda, Adina-Ioana Vălean, Janusz Wojciechowski
Lapse date: 6.10.2011

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 which include measures such as dog control and anti-cruelty laws, support for veterinary procedures including rabies vaccination and sterilisation as necessary to control the number of unwanted dogs, 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.

We are calling on all our supporters to request that Irish MEPs sign this declaration. Details on Irish MEPs can be found at

Please write or email our MEPs requesting that they sign this important declaration.

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