On April 19, three members of the European Parliament, on behalf of the association Pets in Europe of which STD is an active member, put together Written Declaration 26/2010. On the contrary to what citizens of the European Union and many of our supporters think, the Parliament has never legislated on topics that concern pets, except for the transportation of dogs, cats and ferrets (Regulation 998/2003).
The European agreement (Strasburg 1987)
ratified by the majority of the EU members, permits single countries to have a high degree of self- governance of political strategies related to animal protection, in spite of the fact that a series of important guidelines have been identified. This is why Declaration 26/2010 represents a very important milestone: the first essential step in order to present concrete legislation proposals to the European Parliament concerning the problem of stray-dogs. Although the topic is not explicitly mentioned, and there are only references to the traffic of puppies and to the direct sanitary consequences, if the declaration were to be approved, STD will follow the Parliament’s work constantly and will try together with PIE to make sure that intense sterilization and vaccination of stray animals becomes the most used European method to face the problem.
Save the Dogs urges all of its foreign partners to send letters to their MEPs by 9th September, the date of the last plenary session of the European Parliament.
We will keep you updated on the campaign on our website.

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The appeal has arrived through Facebook and thanks to a series of positive events STD has saved their lives before their killing. But let’s describe you this terrible story step by step. Last Thursday STD received a desperate appeal: the tenant of a house in Bucarest decided to kill two half-cast dogs left by the former owner in the courtyard of the house. An italian guy who lives in Bucarest learnt it and called us, but our sanctuaries there are not able to host animals. By chance the guy had to go back in Milan 3 days after and why not take the dogs with him before their killing. Our Romanian staff the day after did the passports, being the 2 dogs regularly vaccinated against rabies, while in the office in Milan we were looking for flights and a place where to stay for these 2 small dogs. But on Sundays the ash cloud stopped this plan and only on Monday Tita and Lulu reached Milan where a STD volunteer was waiting for them. Now they are in La Maggiolina in Besana Brianza, waiting for a real family to adopt them. For further information contact us adozioni@savethedogs.eu.


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May/10

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THE STORY OF TIRI

This is what Tiri looked like a few mounts ago when he arrived in Cernavoda. The poor dog was abandoned in the city streets, had a bad form of mange, his left eye was seriously wounded and he was starving.
To see what Tiri looks like today, please visit our section “Before and After“.

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These are tough days in Romania, where the bill moved to the Parliament by Bucarest’s Prefect is provoking a high-tension situation. Friday morning hundreds of people (our president too) gathered in front of the Prefect’s office to protest against the bill that would delete all the small steps forward made during the last years. The law 8/2009, that formally forbids stray animals killing, is waiting to become permanent by two parliamentary commission, where it has been lying for two years without approvals. This allowed many Mayors to go on with killings. The new pro-euthanasia bill would replace the one approved in 2008 and legally would bring Romania back in 2001. The good thing is that Prefect’s statement is provoking lots of domestic and international protests, an important alarm for Romanian government. A dozen of animal protection association took part to Friday demonstration, a National party MP and the actress Monica Davidescu, that has been fighting for a long time for animal rights. STD president has been interviewed by several national and international tv channels and by a press agency.

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