PETITION AND REPORT WILL BE DELIVERED TO EU ON TUESDAY THE 3rd OF APRIL 2018
We can consider the situation of stray animals an emergency in many countries of South and East Europe. There are about one hundred million abandoned animals. Another fifteen million domestic animals per year are abused, neglected or left on the roads every year; if caught, they live the rest of their lives in cages at the shelters or are killed by the authorities; if not, they spend a life of hunger and neglect on the streets or are killed by road accidents or in the most barbaric ways by people who don't see them as companion animals but as vermin that anyone can mistreat, torture and kill without getting persecuted.
Numerous of these unwanted dogs and cats are caught every day by unskilled animal catchers who use the most brutal and terrifying methods for the scope, including beating, trapping and snaring. In some cases muscle relaxants are pushed into the animals with weapons and some animals become so injured to die during the catching procedures or immediately after. Other times, strays becomes a nuisance or a shame, especially in the occasion of big international events and so the authorities proceed with the killing in mass of animals on the streets, most of the time in front of horrified people and children.
This happens in many EU Member States including Italy, Spain, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Cyprus and Greece. About 50.000 dogs a year enter the international racket and are sent from South Italy towards North Europe's laboratories and towards East Europe, where dog meat is unintentionally used as food for animals in Zoos and elsewhere. In Spain there is a widespread hunting tradition that involves torturing and killing, by hanging, approximately 60,000 Greyhounds (Galgos) a year and another 15.000 dogs are abused on the streets.
Strays do migrate in search of food and this can imply a danger for wildlife too. The predation of- or the hybridation with protected species in certain areas are a reality (dog-wolf), while road accidents represent a risk for humans. Strays exacerbate also the human conflict and this leads to violence and the illegal killing of unwanted animals often witnessed by young people; poison and traps are illegal solutions which represent a risk for children, wildlife and owned pets.
WE DEMAND EU TO APPROVE A LAW AND REGULATE IN DETAILS THE PROTECTION OF PETS AND THE MANAGEMENT OF STRAY ANIMALS ACROSS ALL MEMBER STATES.
Such law should include the implementation of services with the objective to protect pets and ethically reduce the number of strays and in particular:
Implement and regulate financial management: in South Italy, for example, every city budgets between Euro 200 to 300.000 a year for shelters. It's important to realize that the costs for the management of strays during their entire life exceeds the budget that would be necessary for a mass sterilization of strays and owned pets, solution suggested by many private Veterinaries willing to offer their private facilities and service and collaborate with local governments and administrations, in order to mitigate this emergency and solve the problem of animals on the streets.
Promote areal census and registration of strays and protect the registered packs and colonies
Make the identification and sterilization of pets and strays compulsory.
Promote census, registration, control and monitoring of shelters.
Make cameras compulsory inside shelters, allow public to access or occasionally inspect the facilities for animals; create an international registry of animal abusers and punish the perpetrators.
Promote a policy of sterilization-and-release for feral animals with housing not exceeding the recovery time. Feral animals cannot be permanently captivated.
Draw procedures/legislation for all the phases of capture/ handling/ transportation/ housing/ of strays and /release in their environment of feral animals, as it would be for wild animals.
Create Databases and "Pet Behavioural Profiles" linked to pet shops for the adoption of strays, to finalize with the supervision of the shelters.
Ban the suppression of strays as a method to control the number of animals on the streets
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