Stop Bill Legalizing Killing of Stray Dogs in Romania
  • Petitioned President Traian Basescu

This petition was delivered to:

President Traian Basescu
Parliament Chamber of Deputies
Constitutional Court of Romania
Mr. Augustin Zegrean
Prime minister of Romania
Mr. Emil Boc
President of Romania
The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism
Mrs. Elena Udrea

Stop Bill Legalizing Killing of Stray Dogs in Romania

    1. Carin Zellerman
    2. Petition by

      Carin Zellerman

      Stockholm, Sweden

January 2012


When the Romanian Parliament passed a law that would have made it legal for local authorities to kill thousands of stray dogs, it was immediately challenged. Several NGOs notified the Constitutional Court, backed up by protests from around the world. Thousands of people signed onto Carin's petition on urging authorities not to implement the new law. A few weeks later, the Court reviewed the law and ruled it unconstitutional.

The Romanian Parliament voted to pass a law that would make it legal to kill thousands of stray dogs in Romania. The bill was passed by a vote of 168-111, but it is yet to be signed by President Traian Basescu.

An estimated 50,000 stray dogs roam the streets of Bucharest alone. The current animal protection law prohibits the killing of healthy dogs, yet stray dogs are killed on a daily basis in Romania. If this bill is passed, tens of thousands of stray dogs, including harmless and healthy ones, may be legally slaughtered.

Recent signatures


    1. SUCCESS!

      Carin Zellerman
      Petition Organizer

      The Constitutional Court has today ruled against the law that allows the euthanasia of stray dogs in Romania, declaring that two articles in this law are unconstitutional. The decision is final!

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures


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