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Parliamentary questions
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17 August 2011
Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-006574/2011

The Commission is aware of the situation of stray dogs in Romania. The issue of stray dogs and their protection has already been addressed by the Commission in the replies to Written Questions E‑003631/2010, E‑006744/2010, E‑007928/2010 and E‑004111/2011(1).

The killing of stray dogs in the EU is subject to regular correspondence of EU citizens but as previously stated, since the matter remains under the responsibility of the Member States, the Commission has no power to take particular action in this field.

Concerning horses of the Danube Delta, the Commission has been informed of this problem. EU rules exist for the protection of animals during transport and at the time of slaughter(2). As a consequence, the Commission has contacted the Romanian authorities concerning the conditions under which those horses have been transported and slaughtered, and in particular whether the allegations of ill treatment were substantiated by evidence. The Commission is waiting for more information and will continue to monitor the situation.

(2)Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport (OJ L 3, 5.1.2005, p. 1) and Directive 93/119/EC on the protection of animals at the time of slaughter and killing (OJ L 340, 31.12.1993).

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