Romania enacts mass killings of stray dogs!
Dear animal friends,
Today the members of “commission for public administration” adopted the draft law for the killing of Romanian dogs.
The draft law now will be handed over to the Romanian Chamber of Deputies. 16:6 votes decided about the destiny of the Romanian stray dogs.
Diseased, old and aggressive dogs will be killed first. The remaining dogs will be accommodated in reception camps for 30 days and then euthanized, if no one wants to adopt them.
The prefect of Bucharest, Mihai Atanasoaei, who instigated the change of the law 912 in April 2010, explains his decision with the continuous cases of biting by stray dogs.
But what they don’t announce is that the trapping and killing of dogs is a very profitable business and a well-working money machine.
From 2001 until 2008, about 25 up to 40 million Euros were provided in the trapping and killing of stray dogs in Romania. There are stories that dog-catchers trap animals and abandon them at another place again to receive the “bounty” twice. Dogs, which were very aggressive, weren’t caught at all to present a picture of the biting stray dog to the public and to legitimate their proceeding.
The proposals and hints of several Romanian and foreign organizations according “Catch, neuter and return” program, recommended by the WHO, have been ignored until today. The cause for this is obvious…!
The only city which goes about the problem with the strays in a sustainable way is Oradea. And the result speaks for itself: During the past 6 years, the population of the stray dogs diminished about the eightfold of its original number.
Despite this shattering news, we would again like to ask you to continue protesting massively. During the next days, we will publish further activities and first would like to ask you to spread the word to your friends and colleagues about the following petition. Please share it in forums and your mailing list. Furthermore there is an Online-Voting about this topic on the website of a Romanian newspaper. Please click “Nu” and then confirm your entry.
We have to keep on fighting – for the dogs in Romania and for the responsibility for animal protection in Europe! Please assist us!
Thank you very much!
Your Pfotenhilfe Europa team