Dear Sir or Madam,
with big dismay this news from Romania walks around in Europe.
During an interview was suggested by Mr. Mihai Atanasoaei, prefect of Bucharest that the only way to handle with the street animal problem, would be to kill again.
Large parts of your population feel disturbed by the street dogs.
It is scandalous to even consider, to legalize homicides again completely instead of seeking for other alternatives.
I point out to you the fact that, partly extremely brutal homicide methods are carried out since decades in South and East Europe without solving this problem.
One single bitch can generate in 5 years approx. 2700 descendants!
Hence, the only logical solution is the realisation of a consequently castration programme.
At the same time has to be considered that the protection of animals can create also an economically positive aspect.
The occupation "animal keeper" would create jobs at animal homes and contribute to the reduction of unemployment.
As a teaching field a clarification with a deferential and responsible contact with other living beings would take place which also contains the creation of new jobs.
Unfortunately, Great Britain with his homicide methods is stated as an example for imitation, but one forget quite obviously that the UK has no problems with street animals in such magnitudes.
I would like to point out Hungary to you, because the situation there corresponds to the Romanian.
- Hungary began in autumn, 2009 a state castration programme
- Hungary will introduce "protection of animals" as a school subject
- Hungary will built up "animal care" as an official occupational picture
The authorities in Hungary are certainly willing to stand aside to a neighbouring country in an advisory capacity.
Moreover, numerous animal welfare organisations in Romania and other EU countries are active and willing to perform assistance if your country would admit it.
Long-term seen the problem of the stray animals would be solved and Romania would be able to pursue good and responsible animal welfare.
I expect from politicians of a member state of the EU the readiness to inform themselves about this subject instead of falling back into old practise which did not prove itself.
In the name of humanity and the respect compared with other living beings I ask you to refrain from the planned law changes and to consider alternatives which are worthy to an EU member country in 2010.
Slaughterings are not!
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This mail goes to the prefect Mihai Atansoaei, to all 33 Romanian EU-representatives, to the 6 mayors of Bucharest and to different Roumanian media.