Over the past few years, press releases issued by animal welfare organisations and Amnesty International have revealed the stark reality that stray animals are being systematically slaughtered in some countries. The practice has recently been back in the news, with attempts to justify it as an extreme measure to improve the image of cities hosting international sporting events.
In the light of the above, I ask the Commission:
what is its position on this issue;
what specific measures is it considering taking to protect animals, especially in the face of serious violations of their rights;
what action is it planning to take to raise the awareness of both the general public and Member States’ institutions?