Committee on Petitions
NOTICE TO MEMBERS
Petition 1115/2003, by Carlos Rodriguez Huray (Spanish)concerning cruelty to huntingdogs in Spain1.Summary of petition
The petitioner objects to the way in which certain hunters in Spain treat their hunting dogs,normally greyhounds, keeping them locked up in uninhabited premises where they aremalnourished and only releasing them on Sunday for hunting purposes. At the end of thehunting season to avoid the expense of feeding them when the dogs are no longer needed theyare killed in an extremely cruel manner simply for entertainment. The petitioner maintainsthat the authorities, while aware of this situation, are doing nothing to remedy matters.
Declared admissible on 30 April 2004. Information requested from the Commission under Rule 192(4).
, received on 6 July 2005.The Commission is very concerned about the welfare of animals and gives it a high priority.The Commission’s attention has already been drawn to the allegations of cruelty to huntingdogs in Spain made by some complainants.However, the Commission is only able to intervene when it has legal power to do so.Community rules exist in respect of animals, including dogs, for their protection duringcommercial transport, except journeys less than 50 km (Council Directive 91/628/EECamended by Directive 95/29/EC), but the European Union currently has no competence inrelation to the general prevention of cruelty to dogs. The conditions under which dogs likegreyhounds are kept or used for hunting are matters within the sole competence of theMember States.The Commission has in respect of the transport of greyhounds previously intervened with theSpanish authorities who replied to the effect that they were unaware that there was any serious problemin relation to this aspect.