Source – http://legalaction4animalrights.net/2012/04/02/bulgaria-dont-kill-the-strays-of-sofia-update/
BULGARIA: don’t kill the strays of Sofia –UPDATE
UPDATE from Occupy Europe Animals
BULGARIA: don’t kill the strays of Sofia – UPDATE:
The order to kill the dogs who had been already caught, has been cancelled! … The dogs are alive
But we must keep the pressure on – the battle is not over yet!
For more information about the background of this action, please visit:
* * * Please SIGN & SHARE this important ONLINE PETITION * * *
By signing our petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/bulgaria-don-t-kill-the-strays-of-sofia the protest letter below will instantly be send to:
the President of Bulgaria
the Prime Minister of Bulgaria
the Minister of Agriculture and Food
the Mayor of Sofia, Ms J Fandakova
EU-Commissioner John Dalli
the Bulgarian Members of the European Parliament
Dear Government Officials of Bulgaria,
Dear Members of the European Parliament,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
we have learned of your intention to kill all stray dogs who happen to live in the Malinova Dolina district in the country capital Sofia, regardless if they are sick and/or aggressive or healthy, neutered and socialized. All dogs that happen to live in this district and who can be caught by hunters or dog catchers, shall be killed.
We are afraid that your intention is wrong on a number of levels including those moral and legal! They contradict European animal rights conventions and any adequate humans moral principles!
Your plans are not only contrary to the recommendations of the WHO (World Health Organisation) that states that TNR (trap-neuter-release) is the only proven method to control and reduce stray animal populations, but they violate also the following EU statutes, treaties and declarations:
- On September 22, 2010 a law was signed in the Strasbourg Protocol Room which dealt with the issue of animal protection within the European Union
- Although this law specifically targeted the humane treatment of animals used for experimental purposes, a previous European Union Treaty, namely the Amsterdam Treaty of 1997 dealt with “ensuring protection and respect for the welfare of animals as sentient beings”
The protocol of the Amsterdam Treaty introduced “a clear legal obligation for the EU Community Institutions (Commission, Parliament, and Council) to pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals
- In addition to these, the Treaty of Lisbon and the European Parliament Written Declaration 0026/2011, adopted October 13, 2011, were initiated to further consolidate a concrete and lasting protocol for the humane treatment of animals by Union Member States. Bulgaria, being a member state whose MEPs have signed Written Declaration 0026/2011 in promoting humane treatment of animals including their population control is therefore legally bound by its statutes
- Furthermore, is Bulgaria a signatory of the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals (signed; May 21, 2003 – ratified: July 20, 2004 – entry into force: February 1, 2005)
This said, we implore you to put a halt to these cruel plans to kill all homeless dogs in this district and to abide by the above mentioned EU statutes calling for spay and neuter as a humane means of controlling over-population.
Thank you very much in advance for speaking out for the homeless dogs of Sofia by signing our petition here: