It is well known that Greece has a major problem with stray and feral dogs on the streets of Athens and elsewhere. In some cases the solution to this problem has been to dispose of the dogs by putting down poison. This practice has been documented by animal welfare organisations including the Danish Friends of Foreign Animals (DFA) and the Stray Animal Rights Society, who describe the problem their website: http://www.strayanimalrights.org/en/europas-laender/griechenland?start=8
The EU’s animal welfare strategy is currently being updated. The former strategy was in force from 2006 to 2010. The new strategy, to be adopted in December 2011, is to apply from 2011 to 2015. It would be appropriate for the new strategy to take account of the major problem in Greece and other countries of the destruction of feral dogs by poisoning.
1. Does the Commission consider that the abovementioned method, whereby poison is put out for feral dogs in order to kill them, is compatible with the EU’s animal welfare policy?
2. How does the Commission propose to take account, in its new 2011-15 animal welfare strategy, of the animal welfare problems associated with the use of poison to destroy feral dogs?
3. Is the Commission considering proposing legislation to prevent the use of the abovementioned method?