The EU is powerless to prevent cruelty to animals. This is due to their self created red tape. In all the years they have existed, basic rights of animals have not been a priority for them. The campaign for protection of animals at the EU can be read here - Occupy For Animals.
This is an interesting extract of evidence presented to the Commissioner of Human Rights.
The following is an excerpt of the report that Norah Babington has sent to the Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Nils Muiznieks, as well as to the Sub-Committee on Human Rights at the EU:
"Since 2011, I have been gathering testimonies from Romania by people being exposed to the immense, ongoing cruelty performed by the dog catching business in Romania.
It has been an uphill struggle. People are afraid for their lives, traumatized by the violence, feeling vulnerable and powerless and unable to change the status quo.
They plead for help.
They state they have lost their humanity and any good quality of a descent life, by being forced to witness the sufferings and dying of the stray dogs and cats daily. But be aware of the fact that many dogs who have owners, even the ones walking in a leash with the owner on the streets, gets caught by the dogcatchers and dragged to the death camps, the so called Public Shelters (PS). People pay the dogcatchers weekly bribes in order to save their pet from a horrific death."
I believe that this consists a serious violation of their (EU) Human Rights.