Our post of 18th September refers:
Firstly, the meeting which was scheduled for Thursday 23rd September was actually moved to the earlier date of Wednesday 22nd.
Many of you who sent e mails on this campaign issue probably had the following message sent through to you:
Well the latest news that we have (23/09/10) is as follows:
There were only 12 persons present out of the 18 necessary for the committee to make a decision. So they postponed the decision for a further two weeks.
The representatives of animal welfare organisations put onto the table a few petitions signed by thousands of people abroad, as well as an explanation of their plans and costs.
The head of the committee, a woman named Sulfina Barbu, avoided to give her actual opinion, but she had to admit the sterilisation is extremely important.
Ideas from opponents were suggested such as impounding and killing the dogs if they are aggressive or form packs – which effectively still leaves the door open to mass killing, which happens at the moment because there is no control and proper reduction in numbers planning.
And of course, animals which are not spayed mean that they normally form packs !
So there was no result from the meeting on 22nd.
Carmen made a very good presentation stating that Turkey and Italy have solved many of their street dog problems by spaying animals and not by killing them.
It is necessary to keep up the pressure on this issue and support our welfare friends in Romania. So please, continue to send in your sample letters as per the information detailed in our campaign link above.
The authorities have had a wide international response about this issue and they know that they are being watched internationally. Lets keep reminding them up until the next meeting in 2 weeks time that there is only one solution to this issue; and that is to sterilise animals and not to kill them.