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Parliamentary question - E-004588/2016Parliamentary question

Halting the slaughter of dogs and cats in ‘perreras’

Question for written answer E-004588-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Laura Ferrara (EFDD) , Tiziana Beghin (EFDD) , Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD) , Dario Tamburrano (EFDD) , Marco Affronte (EFDD) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Eleonora Evi (EFDD)

Under the law applying in most of Spain's autonomous communities, stray and abandoned dogs and cats in ‘perreras’ (animal shelters) may be destroyed only a few days after they have arrived in the shelters.

The Spanish Government views euthanasia of healthy animals that could instead be adopted as a means of solving the problem of stray animals and overcrowding in animal shelters — a view that is at odds with Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, under which animals must be regarded as ‘sentient beings’ and treated as such. While in the shelters, the animals are deprived of care and often also of food and water, and the methods used to kill them are inhumane.

With reference to Parliament's resolutions of 4 July 2012 on the establishment of an EU legal framework for the protection of pets and stray animals (2012/2670(RSP)) and 26 November 2015 on a new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020 (2015/2957(RSP)), can the Commission say whether: