Tremble and hope in Romania
On Wednesday, 22nd of September 2010, debate about the draft law 912 took place in Sf. Gheorge, near Brasov. Two years ago, it has already been assumed by the senate but until this, it is still blocked by a commission of public administration ecological balance.
About 20 representatives of non-governmental organizations and animal rights activists took part in this meeting.
Only 12 assemblies from the governing party attended. Amongst these were the president of the commission for public administration and ecological balance of the Chamber of Deputies, Sulfina Barbu.
“We weren’t very hopeful at all”, said MD Carmen Arsene, member of the national animal protection union of Romania. “Only a wonder could have saved the dogs”. There wasn’t a wonder, but the animal welfarists were well prepared and found an interested audience.
They handed 30,000 signatures from Germany and two further petitions with about 7,000 signatures on to the commission. The last mentioned were handed on to them by Romanian animal welfarists short before the beginning of the appointment.
Reports about the inefficiency of mass killings were held and they discussed about the more reasonable appropriation of the amount, which was provided for longstanding castration programs.
The animal rights activists also presented the first successes of the concept “catching, castrating and again abandoning”, which has been started in several Romanian cities and the first steps are already implemented.
“Only an area-wide sterilization program, chipping and the possibility of identification of stray cats and dogs can sustainable improve the problem with the stray animals”, clarifies MD Carmen Arsene.
The international mass protests, countless e-mails and faxes, which were send to the representatives of Romania and at least the support of Romanian delegate Sorin Buta showed a positive effect. But the result of this debate still remains without solution:
The chairwoman of the commission, Mrs. Sulfina Barbu, pointed in one of her reports to the importance of the cooperation between independent animal rights organizations and the Romanian authorities. But she also hinted that she would like to assign the decision about the treatment of the strays to the 41 in Romania existing county administrations.
So the decision about the draft law 912 and the presentation with regards to content had been adjourned for an indefinite time. But according to the example of mass killings, the Romanian press reported about during the last weeks, you can see how important a detailed interpretation of the law actually is.
A bad example is the veterinarian of an animal shelter the county of Prahova, MD Emilia Herescu. She let more than 5,000 dogs die because of hunger and thirst or she killed them under paltry specifications because of aggressiveness or terminally illness.
This case is unbelievable and unexampled. But at the same time, you can see how important a clarified definition of law 912 is.
The fight is still not lost!
We will inform you about the output of the voting in the Romanian parliament and we would like to ask you to support us in signing the following petitions.
Thank you very much!