Today, Wednesday 25th September 2013 is a very bad day for European animal welfare.
Please read the following for a full understanding of today’s decision and what it means for the stray animals of Romania.
Whilst a terrible death will come to many animals of Romania, it could also be said that today, by taking this action, the Romanian government and courts have rung the death knell for any productive future for their nation in Europe.
As of now, the Romanian government will be the target of thousands of different actions against them; as will be Romanian Members of the European Parliament (MEP). Tjhere will be mass petitions constantly; and more effectively, there will be mass e mail protests and mass boycotts of Romanian products sent from the world over – a world today disgusted by what the brain dead politicians of Romania have decided to do. For years, the animal welfare groups and welfare NGO’s have been ignored by a government which takes the money for improving stray animal welfare, and then conveniently diverts the money elsewhere. And all the time, the EU (Romania IS a member nation of the EU); sits back on its haunches and declares that there is nothing it can do.
EU citizens, including many good and supportive animal welfare people within Romania, are completely and utterly disgusted about what has happened; and been allowed to happen by the EU. Regarding the decision in Romania today.
The EU is going to pay a heavy price from the animal welfare lobby for its sit back and do nothing approach; that is a guarantee. EU Commissioners and MEP’s may find that they get as much in the way of e mails etc as their Romanian counterparts.
The good thing is that in May 2014, EU citizens will vote throughout Europe for new MEP’s to represent them in the coming years. Maybe MEP’s who did nothing about this issue will now wish that they had – the people of Europe will have their say about part of Europe in May 2014.
Lets hope that ‘do nothing’ EU Commissioners and MEP’s now glance over their shoulders to see who and what actions are happening behind them.
The Romanian government has in its actions today declared war on the rest of the world.
And as the saying goes; if they declare war, then they are going to get one.
Added on September 25, 2013 03:53 pm
Animal welfare groups appalled by Romania’s decision to approve stray dog euthanasia law
Animal welfare groups have vowed to continue their fight against plans to euthanize Romania’s stray dogs despite a decision today declaring the measure legal.
The Romanian Constitutional Court took less than four hours today to approve the law, which was sparked by the fatal mauling of a four-year-old.
The bill, which now just needs the president’s signature to become law, allows strays to be euthanised if they are not adopted after two weeks spent in a shelter.
Protesters outside the court reacted with fury following the announcement, blocking a main road.
President of animal welfare NGO Save the Dogs Sara Turetta said the organisation would continue to fight the “appalling” measure by lobbying Europian politicians.
“Within two to three years, Europe will issue without a doubt a Directive on Companion Animals and Romania will be forced to review this barbaric and senseless law,” Ms Turetta said.
“The WHO and the OIE have repeatedly rejected the mass killings as a method to manage the stray dogs population…but the Romanian politicians continue to deliberately ignore these indications.
“It’s a behavior that finds no explanation, as it won’t just cause endless suffering to thousands of stray dogs but it will also create enormous social tensions between animal lovers and those who want to get rid of the dogs.”
Dogcatchers have already started rounding up the city’s estimated 64,000 dogs, after the Romanian Parliament passed the law on September 10, following the fatal mauling of four-year-old Ionut Anghel, allegedly by strays on September 2.
With a population of 1,883,425, there is about one stray dog to every 31 people in Romania’s capital city.
More than 6,000 people were bitten including 1,000 children in the first six months of 2013 in Bucharest, which last year recorded 16,000 incidents of dog bites.
Bucharest’s problem with strays dates back to the 1980s, when the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu ordered the demolition of hundreds of houses and their replacement with apartment blocks as part of his urbanisation plan.
Forced to move to smaller apartments, many people abandoned their dogs.
IF YOU PROCEED TO SLAUGHTER INNOCENT DOGS, THEN BE PREPARED FOR A WORLDWIDE BOYCOTT & SEVERLY DECREASED TOURISM!!!
THIS IS NOT A THREAT … THIS IS A PROMISE!!!!!
Romania: Court Rules Dogs Can Be Euthanized // She was saved .. (Euthanasia Romanian style) CROSSPOST WORLDWIDE & INCLUDE THOSE ‘BIG BUCK’, SO CALLED CARING FOR ANIMALS ORGANIZATIONS!!!
Subject: Stop mass killing of dogs in Romania! This information, which includes all email addresses is going out Worldwide! THIS EMAIL, OR OTHERS LIKE IT, ARE GOING OUT WORLDWIDE – CROSSPOST/POST TO THE UNIVERSE !!! GOD & THE WORLD IS WATCHING!
I Hope & Pray that this salutation is Truly Correct!
Honorable Members of the Constitutional Court,
Madams and Sirs,
Please know that mass killing of dogs is the worst decision possible: it is irrational, expensive, rejected by the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizing that dog slaughter has no result on the dog population in the street. It is an as well known fact that killing stray dogs only pursues certain financial interests, as it is become notorious that tens of millions of EURO have been used formally, on paper, for stray dog management however in fact such amounts were used for other interests.
MASS SPAYING AND NEUTERING is the only LONG TERM solution for the decrease of the stray dogs phenomenon, as it aims to the source of the problem. Mass killing is simply not the answer and is totally unacceptable in the civilized world of today.
We kindly expect from the Constitutional Court to prove it is correct and righteous and thus confirm by its current Decision the legal constitutional precedent given by the Decision 1/2012. It is shameful that cruel mass slaughters of dogs can still happen in a member state of the European Union of the 21st century. The world is looking forward to hear you have reached the only correct and humane decision regarding the welfare of these animals, according with European and ethical norms, with the requests of the entire world, with the appeals from 6th and 11th September of European Parliament – Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals who considers that this „horrible and useless massacre of dogs” „goes against the values and objectives of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union”.
Please, be advised that if the killing of dogs starts, we will show to the entire world the reality of the dog camps, we will notify worldwide about the financial interests behind the business of killing dogs, we will withdraw any support that we have given so far to your country, we will boycott Romanian products and tourism, as no one will want to associate with a corrupt, cruel and immoral country.
I am a very simple person, US Citizen, 67 years in age, a Passionate Musician & Animal Advocate Worldwide! I (We) ask you to restore the image of your country and your people for the entire World and say NO to Animal Genocide and ask for implementation of a real, effective and civilized dog management program by mass spaying and neutering! It is by far more compassionate & Cheaper for your economy to do this! Offering FREE Spay & Neuter Clinics has been done in many countries, including ours, and it WORKS! I would be the last person alive on this planet it I said the USA was without blame!!! There are several parts of our country where Animals not treated right! Why don’t you set an example, Right Now, that the rest of the World can see, and hopefully emulate! Right now, you are an Extreme Example of what NOT To Do.
Respectfully, but Respect & Compassion have to be Earned,
Rich Russom-Illinois-USA-Cornwall’s Voice For Animals Patron (CVFA)
Romania: Court Rules Dogs Can Be Euthanized
BUCHAREST, Romania September 25, 2013 (AP)
Romania‘s constitutional court has ruled that a bill on euthanizing stray dogs is legal, weeks after a 4-year-old boy’s fatal mauling in Bucharest prompted the government to draft legislation allowing the killing of strays.
Hundreds of dog lovers blocked a main road after Tuesday’s court ruling in protest. The bill needs to be signed by the president before it can become law.
Parliament voted on Sept. 10 to allow strays to be euthanized. They will be taken to shelters and, if not adopted or claimed within 14 days, killed.
Bucharest City Hall says there are 64,000 stray dogs in the capital, while animal rights groups say there are 40,000. A hospital that handles infectious diseases has treated 9,760 people for dog bites in the first eight months of the year.