is, with a population of barely 4 million people, a very small country.
The population consists of different ethnical groups: Romanian Moldovan people, Ukrainian and Russian people. Furthermore there are some small ethnical groups (Gagausan, Bulgarian, German and Tatarian people.
The major part of the population lives near the capital Chisinau in the cities Balti, Tiraspol and Tihina. The official language is Moldovan, a kind of Romanian dialect.
From the political point of view, Moldova is a very insecure country.
It belonged to Russia, just as Romania.
From the beginning of the 1990s, Moldova is independent, with what the economical situation has changed for the worse. Since that, everyone says that Moldova is the “Europe’s poorhouse”.
Despite this fact, you can see more expensive cars in the capital of Moldova than in several German cities. The population is either rich or poor. There barely exists a middle-class. Corruption is quite normal. The average income amounts between €200 up to €300.
Like in many other communist countries, the “temples of lordship” like government buildings etc. are simply gorgeous.
There are also amazing churches in every small village, because the population is very religious.
Since the last election in April 2009, a democratic government is in power.
Moldova is not yet a member of the EU, but this is definitely one of its targets. In 1998 a partnership and cooperation agreement went into force. Since May 2009, Moldova and five further GUS-states entered into the Eastern Partnership.
Moldova is an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is located between the Ukraine and Romania. It has no own ocean, but the coast of the Black Sea is the favorite tourist area there. The country itself is still very green, and even in Chisinau are a lot of parks. Every grey apartment building has its own recreation area.
And there the problem starts.
In this recreation areas and parks are countless stray animals. It is supposed that just in the capital live about 30,000 animals.
This problem is “disposed” by the most brutal methods: large-scaled poisoning activities, burning alive, strike dead, knocking down; there is no cruelty, which is not applied.
Moldova has no Protection of Animals Act. However the killing without obvious reason is officially forbidden. But that’s a fact, no one is interested in.
There is actually a public death house on a large dump in front of the gates to Chisinau.
This house and its dog catchers are under the Avista, which is responsible for the public cleansing service and litter. And this is characterizing for the value of the animals: LITTER!!!!! (Or fewer)
The animals are caught with huge grippers and collected in an old gas transporter. Then they are brought to the death house, the ultimate destination of their life.
As already mentioned, the death house is on a large dump.
Several small dark kennels, without blankets, feed or water. This is the end of the line for thousands of animals per year.
Closely pent-up are they hopeless waiting for their brutal death. Because there is of course no euthanization. That would cost money…and where would the fun be?
Usually the animals are aligned pale, built especially for them, and then are stroke dead or their throats are slashed. This is because you can process the fur in the fur manufactories.
The dead bodies of the animals are thrown into a huge dump. Betimes a dog, still alive, is also thrown into this dump and gets buried alive. The other dogs have to experience the agonal state of their companions out of their dark holes.
A few years ago, our partner organization „ALGA“ has been founded by Valentina Dudnic in Chisinau.
Valentina indefatigably fights for the animals. She refers up to the highest positions in the government, she always says, what she is thinking of and she is brave enough to stop the death car to show the drivers up and to denunciate them on the street.
From time to time, she and some other animal rights activists are allowed to go into the death house and rescue dogs. As you can see, there are animal rights activists in Moldova and fortunately they become more.
What an upsetting and incriminating work … who can come with them, who has to stay and die in a very cruel way!?
Until short time before, Valentina had to fight an unwinnable battle, but she didn’t give up. She started to illuminate the children at school that the animals have a right for a painless life and that they are beings, which have feelings.
In the meantime there have been the first successes, for example, one school collected donations for the animal shelter.
Again and again, she organizes demonstrations in front of the death house, she gives interviews for television and is invited to several exhibitions and to join information desks.
Last year, after longstanding efforts, we finally could win the organization 4 Pfoten Romania and we could start with a large-scaled castration program in Chisinau. Contracts with the government had been signed.
After just two weeks, 4 Pfoten unfortunately left, because after the reelection in April 2009 2010, there were huge civil disturbances and riots.
Unfortunately the given promise to continue the castration program has not been hold until now.
A reason for this is among other things not-keeping of the discussed points like for example the stop of the killings (also with blue castration mark in the ear registered dogs are caught and brought to the death house).
The castration of the animals would still be the only and especially the only human manners to reduce the number of the stray animals.
There is no single public animal shelter, even there is money in stock for the street animals.
To whom this money flows, actually no one knows.
In the end of 2007, we bought the Casa Katharina in a village near Chisinau and so created a small place for the animals, where they could sleep without fear and were supplied , both for the first time in their life.
We receive no support from the government, contrariwise we permanently get new requirements.
For a short time now, the pressure to the government rises extremely.
Young people filmed the brutal killings, while they were undercover and made them available for the public abroad.
Protest letters from all over the world reach the responsible mayor now.
There are the first rumors that public shelters will be founded.
We don’t know how animal protection will develop in Moldova. We hope that the country, that the population of Moldova finally awakes curbs these cruel methods.
We see our main task in implementing a Protection of Animals Act and that it is observed; to clarify and to castrate. We campaign for the rights of the animals together with the small but continuously rising number of people in Moldova.
Two years ago, three German women bought the animal emergency ward “Casa Katharina”.
In May 2009, we founded the organization “Tiernothilfe Moldawien” (animal first aid Moldova) to support this shelter financially.
On average, this shelter can accommodate and offer a save life to 150 dogs.
Here, most of the animals can sleep without the fear to be stroke down for the first time in their life. They regularly get feed and now and then a lovely touch.
There also live a lot of disabled animals and puppies in the shelter. Otherwise they wouldn’t have a chance to survive in the streets.
Every animal, no matter from which country it comes, has the right for a dignified life.
Nobody gave us humans the right to treat other being like this.
Who once had looked in the eyes of a dog in the death house, who saw the hopelessness and the fear, will never calm down again without trying to change something.
We hope that a lot more people, especially from Moldova will support us in this fight. Every single animal is worth it.
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