Bucharest: A parliament committee has
passed a draft law that says stray dogs can be killed.
Hundreds of animals rights` activists gathered outside
Parliament to protest the Tuesday decision. Protesters called
for stray dogs to be sterilised, saying it is cheaper and more
Romania has long had a problem with stray dogs, with
an estimated 30,000 of them in the capital alone.
Authorities say 1,500 people were bitten in the
capital during January and February.
In 2006, a Japanese tourist was killed by a stray dog,
and earlier this year, a woman was mauled to death by a pack