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Stage victory for FOUR PAWS: Application norms of the killing law suspended


A stage victory for FOUR PAWS! Bucharest Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS and suspended the application norms of the killing law. With immediate effect in Romania, the killing law has no applicable norms and the capture and killing of stray dogs has no legal framework anymore. Starting in January 2014, FOUR PAWS challenged the methodological norms and stated that there are several aspects therein that contradict laws of higher force.

Thousands of strays have already been killed.
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

FOUR PAWS claims for a humane solution.
© FOUR PAWS | Yavor Gechev

FOUR PAWS confident for humane solution

“The Court’s decision to suspend the killing norms is a clear, independent signal that things do not work so far with the new killing law”, says Gabriel Paun, Director of Campaigns at FOUR PAWS. “It brings us confidence in our goal to bring about a change from an emotional to a rational way to manage the stray dogs humanely.”

Since January 2014 FOUR PAWS is fighting for new application norms.
© FOUR PAWS | Gabriel Paun

Norms contradict laws of higher force

The killing law came into force in October 2013, the methodology to be applied to the killing followed in December 2013. Soon after the mass killing started. Many thousands of stray dogs have been killed. Many application norms contradict laws of higher force. For example, according to this methodology, the local authorities could delegate the management of the stray dogs to any private company. This may open the floodgates to conflict of interests and haemorrhaging public funds”, explains Paun. “Another example: public access to shelters was restricted, and consequently the adoptions were largely restricted.”

Rarely, there are strays on Romania's streets.
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

FOUR PAWS claims new legal framework for dogs

In the past few years, FOUR PAWS has focused on the main source of stray dogs: their reproduction. “With the financial support of our donors we have sterilised over 100,00 strass in Romania, which we are very grateful for”, stresses Paun. “However, our efforts will only bring safe streets and welfare for the dog if we are backed up by a rational law.”