BUCHAREST, Romania - 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 sterilized, saying it is cheaper and more humane.
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 of dogs.