Establish an EU legal framework for Population Management Programmes for dogs and cats without delay

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Establish an EU legal framework for Population Management Programmes for dogs and cats without delay

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This petition is a joint action by Occupy for Animals and Rescue Association Hobo Dogs Finland, started on February 2, 2015. The petition was submitted for official registration to the European Parliament's Committee on Petitions by Occupy for Animals on the same date.  

All information about this important petition is compiled on a dedicated website, at:


Up to now, the Commission made a substantial difference between wild animals and kept animals. Unfortunately, this could now change with the introduction of the new 'EU Animal Health Law' which is currently being discussed in its final stage.

For the last three years, the European Commission has been drafting an Animal Health Law, which is supposed to replace and encompass most of the present EU legislation on animal health, striving for simplification and greater consistency under common principles and general rules, and under the initial draft of the 'EU Animal Health Law', stray domestic animals, such as dogs and cats, should have been considered 'wild animals'. 

It seemed as if, due to the voting of the MEPs in April 2014, this had been avoided and they would no longer fall under the scope of ‘wild animals’ but would be defined under a new category of ‘non-owned animals of domesticated species’. It is crucial not to let abandoned and non-owned animals fall under the category of 'wild animals' in order to avoid a massive eradication of them. Dogs and cats must always be considered as domestic animals, even if they are no longer under direct human control. 

Unfortunately, in December 2014, FOUR PAWS European Policy Office in Brussels, reported that the proposal is presently being discussed in the last stage of the legislative process conducted through the Trialogue (which includes European Council, Commission and Parliament), and that in the present draft of the 'EU Animal Health Law', an opposing trend has become apparent which might now even determine the decrease of protection: the proposal tabled by the European Commission wants to consider stray domestic animals again as wild animals, despite the fact that a majority of MEPs voted against this definition in April 2014.

According to FOUR PAWS, this is happening without publicity, in the attempt to get this unacceptable definition passed without attracting criticism as it would deliberately ignore the constant requests of EU citizens to increase the level of protection granted to all animals, not to decrease it. 

With their first petition on this matter, Occupy for Animals and Rescue Association Hobo Dogs Finland, together with the signatories of their petition, had protested this ‘two-class system’ for dogs, depending if they have an owner or not, and if you haven't signed our previous petition yet, we kindly ask you to do so now, at:

A potential categorisation of stray dogs and cats as "Wild" under the EU Animal Health Law needs to be adequately counter-balanced by credible measures at EU level to finally introduce a long-term solution for stray animals and with this second petition on the EU Animal Health Law, we demand that the EU establish an EU legal framework for Population Management Programmes for dogs and cats without delay.

We thank you very much, in advance, for adding your signature to this important petition.

Pia Berrend / Occupy for Animals!
Taija Jolanki / Rescue Association Hobo Dogs


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