Sadly, not all Member States protect and respect the well-being and safety of animals as they should under EU directives. In Spain, for example, there is no single national regulatory framework for kennels. Autonomous communities can decide that dogs held in kennels should be killed after a certain period, which varies according to the autonomous community in question. They can decide on the fate of these dogs, contrary to international principles. The problem of stray dogs and overcrowding is not countered with sterilisation or adoption campaigns, but with mercy killings (carried out by injections straight into the heart). In order to keep the dogs still while this is done, they are hung from a nail on the wall, without anaesthetic. Messages on the Internet about this are terrifying. It appears that, every month, kennels are filled and emptied, with a profit for the operators paid by municipalities. The existence and use of incinerators has been noted and denounced. The dogs are completely left to themselves during their stay in the kennels, suffering from diseases, mauling, copulation, fear and pain. In 2010 in Madrid alone, 6 tonnes of dog and cat bodies were accumulated. Faced with this situation, private initiatives, such as ‘Proyecto Perreras’, have been set up to supply immediate practical help by promoting adoptions and providing healthcare for diseased dogs and cats.
1. Is the Commission aware of this situation?
2. Have the various EU directives on animal protection and well-being been transposed in Spain?
3. If not, why not?
4. What initiatives could the Commission take to ensure that Spain complies with and respects these directives?