Romania Approves Dog Slaughter

Romania Approves Dog Slaughter
(Photo: Daniel Mihailescu, AFP/Getty Images)

Romania's answer to solve a stray dog problem is to round them up and kill them, which was just voted into law by Parlaiment September 10. This follows a report that  a 4-year-old boy has died and his 6-year-old brother was injured after they were attacked by a pack of stray dogs outside a park in Romania. And in 2011, a woman was attacked a ultimately died of injuries suffered as a result of stray dogs.

The law allows the state to round up the city's estimated 60,000 strays and have them put down. Despite hundreds of protesters urging parliamentarians to vote against it, the law was overwhelmingly approved -- by a vote of 266 to 23 (with 10 abstentions). Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu had announced that a referendum would be held on Oct. 6 before deciding whether to go ahead with the plan.

Gabriel Paun, director for animal rights group 4Pfoten, told BBC News, a nation-wide sterilization strategy is necessary to control the burgeoning dog population.

"In the last few years we've castrated 100,000 dogs in Romania altogether, 10,600 of them in Bucharest," he said. "But it's not enough, this is a voluntary private project -- we need them to do the same thing at national level."

According to rescue group Any Dog, the cost of killing a street dog may be considerably higher than sterilizing.

Still, one can understand the breath of the problem - which apparently ballooned after the fall of communism. A Bucharest hospital spokesman told The Associated Press 9,760 people have been treated for dog bites in the first eight months of this year alone.

Certainly, living on the streets and scrounging meals, competing against so many dogs isn't a impressive quality of life for the dogs either, and many are mange ridden, there's canine distemper and likely rabies. The parliament acted after protests Sunday in which several hundred people came out with banners reading, "My country is not a kennel."


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    We need to teach them our system where veterinarians fanatically spay/neuter each dog they get their hands on.

  • Sure spay/neuter is obviously important - but it can also be noted that other countries in Europe don't s/n nearly as much as in the U.S. and have no overpopulation issues.

  • Here are some details on the story and the reality:
    - the child was attacked in a private yard;
    - even he had only 4 years, unfortunately was left 1.5 - 2 kilometers and almost 2 hours alone, in an outskirts of bucharest;
    - is total madness to kill 40000 - 60 000 dogs! we are talking about alive creatures which will be replaced unfortunately by others abandoned from private households;
    - this will not solve the problem; it was just a pretext for evading funds by corrupt officials;
    - and the most outrageous thing is that there is no euthanasia in romania. JUST PLAIN KILLING! the authorities permit extreme animal cruelty in public places as well as in the death camps placed all over this country, the so called Public Shelters for dogs, cruelty performed by authorities and people as well, traumatizing many Romanians beyond repair or healing, to such an extent that their dignity and integrity as a human being are being totally deprived of them. . All the laws are flagrantly violated. media, politicians and officials instigate violence against animals. even the police who have to punish these violations, they are all corrupt.

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