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Parliamentary questions
30 September 2010
P-7928/2010
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Tiziano Motti (PPE)

 Subject: Incineration of stray dogs in Sardinia
 Answer(s) 

A member of Sardinia Regional Council, Gianfranco Bardanzellu, recently proposed that the problem of straying in Sardinia should be solved by ‘burning the dogs’. The news — published in the L’Unione Sarda newspaper — has already sparked off controversy, but Mr Bardanzellu maintains that an emergency demands the courage to take strong, not to say unpopular, measures. He takes the view that until such time as kennelling facilities have been improved, owners have been educated about the need to neuter their pets, and those who abandon animals can be punished, the way to deal with straying is to incinerate abandoned dogs. In Olbia there are about 700 stray dogs. The town has only one dogs’ home, located near the airport, and over the last few months 104 dogs have been brought there. In Sardinia as a whole there are (according to estimates dating back to September 2009) more than 65 000 strays. Cruelty to, and the killing of, pets such as cats and dogs are punishable offences in Italy. The proposal has been roundly condemned by the ministries concerned and animal rights organisations.

Bearing in mind that initiatives of this kind are to be deplored, since they constitute incitement to cruelty to animals, can the Commission say whether funding is provided under any European programmes to enable animal welfare bodies and regional authorities to offer proper alternatives allowing stray animals to be kept alive under decent conditions?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 243 E, 20/08/2011
Last updated: 6 October 2010Legal notice