In Europe, stray animals are a growing problem. Each State has the sole responsibility to take care of these animals without any help from the EU, this according to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. On October 28, 2013 EU held a conference in Brussels, addressing the problem of stray animals and planning to rectify this issue across Europe. As of now, here are the problems that European citizens are dealing with on a daily basis:
Stray animals cause accidents
Dogs and cats live on the city streets, roaming around and looking for food and shelter. Many of them lose their lives and endanger the lives of drivers, while crossing busy roads.
They are not spayed and neutered
As you can imagine, stray animals are not spayed or neutered, therefore multiplying in big numbers. The local vets don’t have enough resources to accomplish such task, so the animals are left alone at the mercy of citizens. They are raised by the people.
They have rabies and attack people
There are many cases where stray dogs attack people. In Europe, traveling by foot is an every day experience, so making contact with a stray animal is inevitable. If you make contact with one that has rabies you are prompt to get bit. If you get bit by any stray dogs, you need to sick medical help immediately
There are not enough rescue groups
Since people were not concerned with the welfare of stray animals until recently, there are just not enough rescue groups ready to take care of all these animals. Not many people are adopting either, so a radical change has to happen.
Conclusion: what is their fate?
Each European State deals with the stray animals differently. In Romania, the parliament agreed on mass euthanasia after a deadly attack on a four year old child. What happened to the stray dogs in Sochi, during the Olympics? Many were poisoned and displaced, but ten lucky ones just made their way to the United States on March 27, 2014, getting ready for adoption. If you can’t do much for these animals, help the ones that can, by donating dog and cat food to the local shelters.