MEPs receive many letters from members of the public in Romania and other countries concerning the brutal and inhumane methods being used to get rid of stray dogs in Romania. I have visited Romania twice in response to these reports of the inhumane treatment of stray animals, which, unfortunately, are borne out by the information I obtained in the country and my first-hand observations. This is not just a matter of animal suffering but also of suffering on the part of animal lovers who are helpless in the face of the acts of cruelty being carried out before their very eyes.
Is the Commission aware of this situation? Is it receiving similar reports? Is it taking or is it intending to take any action on this matter?
Could the Commission state whether there is a possibility for financial assistance from the EU budget for 2014-2020 to be used to support action to control the stray dog population humanely, such as sterilisation, adoption or support for animal shelters?