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30 MPs contested the stray dogs’ law at CC

30 MPs, members of all political groups except UDMR, have contested before the Constitutional Court (CC) the bill draft on euthanizing stray dogs that are not reclaimed or adopted within 14 workdays. The statement was made yesterday for Mediafax by former Senator and animal rights supporter Marius Marinescu. According to the cited source, among the contesters of the document which invokes the constitutional non-compliance of the legislative proposal to amend Emergency Ordinance 155/2001 on approving the stray dog management program are the following: Calin Popescu Tariceanu, Haralambie Vochitoiu, Dumitru Pelican, Cristiana Anghel and Ioan Ghise. The 30 MPs who contested the bill draft before the CC claim that the law will not prevent the spreading and proliferation of stray dogs, but it will traumatize society; it is “an action that does not respect the Romanians’ fundamental human rights”. The same MPs request the Court to verify whether the amendment and addition Law on Emergency Ordinance 155/2001 is constitutionally compliant, after which it can be sent to the Parliament for re-examination. The contesters believe the law version adopted by the Chamber of Deputies – a decisional Chamber – following the previous decision on constitutional non-compliance is fundamentally different from the law version adopted in the Senate, both by way of structure and content: the deadlines for claiming and adopting stray dogs are much stricter, the euthanasia requirements are much more drastic, the possibility to return stray dogs is excluded, and so are non-governmental organizations, considering that euthanasia is an important and sensitive stage in the stray dog management program.

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