CAROdog - important work in favor of stray dogs
Sick and injured street dogs, unprofessional pet trade, and illegal dog fighting are just some of the important legal questions that are not sufficiently addressed in the European legislation. Several NGOs and European institutions have collaborated to create an informative Website (www.carodog.eu) concerning the health and legal situation of dogs in different European countries.
The Website is aimed at promoting the exchange of information and the support between the many local and national animal protection organizations. In the longer term, it hopes to support governments and other bodies in their efforts to move stray dogs back to a situation of responsible dog ownership. For the first time, EU officials are showing interest in the project, not least because of its value from an animal protection and epidemic prevention perspective. The gathering and analysis of legal data from the different countries is the first step towards coordinated action. Swiss dog law plays an important role as a model for dog marking and registration, property questions, and health management issues.
However, its structure of regulations is distributed across federal, cantonal and sometimes communal law, making it hard to gain a clear overview of its content. Politicians, scientists, veterinarians, experts, teachers, dog trainers, animal shelters, and all citizens will find pertinent information on the website, where they can exchange viewpoints and information with other specialists. TIR welcomes this project as a great support for the promotion of responsible animal ownership in Europe.