Serbia: Rabies Across the Nation ‘Legally’ Allows Animals to be Killed. But Has the OIE Been Informed by the Serbian Ministry of These Alleged Nationwide Outbreaks ? – Or Just a ‘Creational Excuse’ to Continue With Mass Animal Killings As Always ?

 

 

 

 

Serbia – the Rabies issue goes on and on.

Prelim:  27/05/120.

Today, SAV have been in contact by telephone with the OIE; the ‘World Organisation for Animal Health’, http://www.oie.int/eng/en_index.htm  starting in Brussels and then moving through to Paris, the headquarters of the OIE.  We need to ascertain exactly the situation regarding Rabies in Serbia; including;

 

  • How large are the alleged outbreaks ?
  • What animal species are involved ?
  • Are / have the OIE been informed and kept up to date of these alleged rabies outbreaks in Serbia by the OIE ‘official delegate’ in Serbia – Dr Zoran Micovic, Chief veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Management ?
  • If they have not been informed by Dr Micovic, then why not ? – he is the official delegate for the OIE in Serbia 
  • Are the OIE monitoring the situation in Serbia with regard the alleged infected regions ? 
  • Are the OIE encouraging the use of Serbian authorities to undertake a national oral vaccination programme of all animals which could be affected ? 
  • If not, why not ? 
  • Is the OIE aware that Serbian hunters could be out killing many wildlife animals which are NOT affected by rabies, and that this may be supported and even encouraged by the Serbian government and authorities ? 
  • What is the official reporting procedure / structure that the Serbian OIE ‘official delegate’ in Serbia – Dr Zoran Micovic should be undertaking to keep the OIE informed of what is happening ? 
  • Where is this documentation being held ? 
  • Is the information available to animal welfare NGO’s such as SAV ? 

SAV aim to be in discussion with the OIE Sub-Regional Representative in Brussels during next week (31/05-04/06) in order to further investigate and ask / discuss the alleged Serbian rabies outbreaks.

It is understood that 170 million Euros were given to Serbia by the EU during the financial period 2009/10, and that some of this money was provided for the vaccination of animals against rabies within Serbia.

So, what is the situation now ? – we hope to obtain more answers during the coming week(s) when we hope to be in discussion with the OIE.

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According to information supplied from our contacts within Serbia, we are told that Rabies is ‘everywhere’ in Serbia.

Whilst it is not doubted that there are some cases of rabies within the country, it has to be questioned what are the real reasons for all these alleged ‘everywhere’ outbreaks.  More importantly, it has to be asked why, when provided with such huge amounts of financial support from the EU, and with such a wide range of (animal) oral vaccines for rabies available now, the Serbian government has allegedly still not shown any intention on embarking on a nationwide programme of oral rabies vaccination for all stray animals (ie. Dogs and cats) and wildlife such as foxes ?

We ask, would this (oral vaccine) thus prevent hunters and the government from using rabies as the reason to undertake their mass enjoyment of the mass killing of animals in Serbia ? – a way and excuse to allow for large number killings of stray animals. 

Very Important Point:

It should be remembered that the original (old) legislation to allow stray killing – named Pravilnik 29/94, was overwritten by Article 168 of 2005, the result being that all killing of animals was forbidden apart only from cases for Rabies infected areas, which were covered by application of Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law.

This is the important point, that animal killing is illegal apart only from cases for Rabies infected areas, which were covered by application of Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law.

It would seem strange that there are alleged mass outbreaks of rabies across Serbia now.

In effect, Article 168 of 2005 which does not allow animal killing is replaced by legislation that DOES ALLOW animal killing, simply because there is allegedly rabies in areas.  The word ‘rabies’ being the one which specifically gives right to animal slaughter rather than animal protection.

Even more strange that rabies is supposedly breaking out right across Serbia; which therefore allows all strays and wildlife to continue to be killed by ‘by-passing’ legislation of Article 168 of 2005 – the no kill animal legislation. 

No rabies in area = legislation Article 168 = NO animal killing, only animal care.

Rabies in area = Articles 64 and 65 of the Veterinary Law = Mass animal killing.

So, we suggest that a national rabies outbreak has suddenly arrived en masse, been invented, devised etc in order that the continued mass slaughter of all animals can continue, when in fact, Article 168 which should allow for the care of animals, is very conveniently being by-passed.

Reference – https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/serbia-temerin-city-their-animal-shelter-death-after-3-days-and-a-national-public-attorney-who-says-all-is-ok/

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Is rabies the new alibi which is being ‘created’ by Serbian authorities in order that they can undertake mass killings of both strays and wildlife animals such as foxes ?

In the financial period 2009 / 10, the EU allegedly donated 170 million Euros to Serbia for vaccination of animals against rabies and swine flu.  So what has happened to the money ?

Serbia is a relatively small country in terms of landmass and we envisage that a rabies oral vaccination programme could be undertaken nationwide within a 1 month period.

Immunity of animals against rabies would start approximately 2 weeks later and animals would have an immunity against rabies for a period of 3 years.

http://www.rabies-vaccination.com/control-rabies.asp

http://www.rabies-vaccination.com/oral-vaccination.asp

“Dog rabies control programs by parenteral vaccination in developing countries often fail because an insufficient number of dogs can be vaccinated. Oral vaccines allow for easy mass vaccination and is proposed for the vaccination of large ownerless dog populations. Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health is in the process of developing an oral rabies vaccine.

Previous rabies control programmes using baits containing other oral rabies vaccines to vaccinate foxes in some European countries and wildlife in certain US states, have been successful”.

http://www.rabies-vaccination.com/intervet-oral-rabies-vaccine.aspOral vaccine strain – SAD – B19

“The vaccine virus SAD B19 is the most widely used oral vaccine virus to immunize wild life in Europe. The distribution of more than 100 million vaccine baits in 13 countries has resulted in a significant decrease in the rabies incidence or complete eradication of terrestrial rabies in baited areas.

Vaccine induced rabies has not been reported from any country where this vaccine virus has been used. However, this vaccine has some residual pathogenicity for certain rodent species after intracerebral inoculation”.

“In developed countries the risk to humans has been minimized mainly due to mandatory rabies vaccinations of dogs and other pets. Progress in the control and elimination of wildlife rabies has been made through successful oral vaccination programs”.

 

Publication links

http://www.rabies-vaccination.com/publications-rabies-vaccination.asp 

 Other information sources and links:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ws/rabies/vaccine_faq.html

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ws/rabies/vaccine.html 

“There is an immune response to the rabies antigen which creates antibodies to fight off the disease.  After two to three weeks the “blueprint” to create rabies antibodies exists in the animal’s immune system which can easily be created should the animal be exposed to a rabid animal”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabies_vaccine 

Recombinant rabies vaccine (V-RG)

Aerially distributed wildlife rabies vaccine in a bait from Estonia.

In 1984 researchers at the Wistar Institute developed a recombinant vaccine called V-RG by inserting the glycoprotein gene from rabies into a vaccinia virus.[5] The V-RG vaccine has since been commercialised by Merial under the trademark Raboral. It is harmless to humans and has been shown to be safe for various species of animals that might accidentally encounter it in the wild, including birds (gulls, hawks, and owls).[6]

V-RG has been successfully used in the field in Belgium, France, Germany and the United States to prevent outbreaks of rabies in wildlife. The vaccine is stable under relatively high temperatures and can be delivered orally, making mass vaccination of wildlife possible by putting it in baits. The plan for immunization of normal populations involves dropping bait containing food wrapped around a small dose of the live virus. The bait would be dropped by helicopter concentrating on areas that have not been infected yet. Just such a strategy of oral immunization of foxes in Europe has already achieved substantial reductions in the incidence of human rabies. In November 2008, Germany had been free of new cases for two years and is therefore currently believed as being rabies-free, together with few other countries (see below). A strategy of vaccinating “neighborhood dogs” in Jaipur, India, (combined with a sterilization program) has also resulted in a large reduction in the number of human cases.[7]

Modern vaccines

The human diploid cell rabies vaccine (H.D.C.V.) was started in 1967. Human diploid cell rabies vaccines are made using the attenuated Pitman-Moore L503 strain of the virus. Human diploid cell rabies vaccines have been given to more than 1.5 million humans as of 2006.

Aside from vaccinating humans, another approach was also developed by vaccinating dogs to prevent the spread of the virus. In 1979 the Van Houweling Research Laboratory of the Silliman University Medical Center in the Philippines, then headed by Dr. George Beran,[3] developed and produced a dog vaccine that gave a three-year immunity from rabies. The development of the vaccine resulted in the elimination of rabies in many parts of the Visayas and Mindanao Islands. The successful program in the Philippines was later on used as a model by other countries, such as Ecuador and the Yucatan State of Mexico, in their fight against rabies conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organization.[4]

In addition to these developments, newer and less expensive purified chicken embryo cell vaccine, and purified Vero cell rabies vaccine are now available. The purified Vero cell rabies vaccine uses the attenuated Wistar strain of the rabies virus, and uses the Vero cell line as its host.

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We hope that discussions with the OIE next week will provide more of an insight into the rabies situation in Serbia.  After all, the OIE should be informed of all rabies outbreaks in order that they can keep their world disease outbreak database updated.

And as we have shown, the OIE allegedly does have a Serbian ‘official delegate’ in the form of Dr Zoran Micovic, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Management.

We trust that Dr Micovic would be informing the OIE of all the Serbian rabies outbreaks; but we also appear to be witnessing on the OIE web site that there is in fact nothing which appears to substantiate this !

Strange !

Maybe next week will clarify the situation or shine a light on a bit more of what is happening.

SAV.

Uk: (26/05/10) – ‘On the Run’ Horse Trader Jamie Gray Has Been Caught

Recent SAV Post link:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/uk-england-horse-trader-james-gray-on-the-run-as-appeal-against-sentence-fails/

https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/uk-england-further-photo-james-gray-horse-trader-on-the-run/

Google news link 26/05 :

 http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/8186702.Horse_trader_Gray_arrested_after_two_weeks_on_the_run/&ct=ga&cad=:s7:f1:v0:i0:lt:e0:p0:t1274884778:&cd=wURGXw_LhwY&usg=AFQjCNGXdxdXh50nB97oYsGZFZqXgRds7g

By Andy Carswell

HORSE trader James Gray is back in police custody two weeks after he disappeared from court as he was due to be sentenced for animal cruelty offences.

Gray was arrested by police officers following a random spot-check on the northbound stretch of the M5 near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, at 10.35am today.

He is to due back in court in Aylesbury tomorrow.

Gray, the owner of Spindles Farm in Hyde Heath, disappeared from Aylesbury Crown Court on Wednesday May 12 during a lunch break just as he was to be sentenced for nine offences under the Animal Welfare Act.

He had originally been convicted of the offences and appealed – but had his sentence of 26 weeks in prison, a lifetime ban from keeping equines and being made to pay £400,000 costs upheld in his absence.

Four other members of his family were sentenced at the same court hearing – having bans from keeping animals extended from five years to seven.

The Chiltern district’s head of policing, Chief Inspector Ian Hunter, said: “I’m delighted that he’s been arrested. We’ve been relentlessly pursuing and following all lines of enquiry.

“I was very confident he was going to be caught and that has now happened today. He will now carry out the sentence as the court had intended.”

He will appear before Aylesbury Crown Court tomorrow (27/05/10) morning at 10am.

Romania: Veterinarians, Police and Authorities Fail to Enforce National Legislation to Protect Stray Animals – Just Like Serbia !

 

 

 

Just like the Balkans, the authorities, police and veterinarians appear to be able to do whatever they please, with scant regard for the law and legislation which they are employed (by taxpayers money) to enforce.

New animal protection law has allegedly been in effect since Jan 2008, and yet the dogs are killed by thousands here. 

It’s not about the bad situation in one city, it’s about the lack of involvement of institutions against animal cruelty here & pending dog legislation.

*** If you need more information, please write back.***

The 45 min footage is available on link for 10 days.

The facts – below.

D. Dragomir

FRPCA

http://frpca.blogspot.com/ 

Daniela can be contacted by e mail at –  danadrag@gmail.com

The images presented in this footage speak for themselves about the “actions” and ‘commitment’ of the so-called “animal police inspectors” of IGPPA, with the support of the representatives of Romanian Police.

IGPPA is a ‘structure’ within the NGO Commissariat for Civil Society (C.S.C.).

In Braila IGPPA’s representative is the veterinarian Gheorghe Sandu.

IGPPA heads were informed several times about the activity of their representative in Braila, and were told that this activity is incompatible with animal welfare & protection.

On March 20th FRPCA’s representative M. Serbanoiu spoke on ProTV about the involvement of IGPPA’s representative of Braila in acts of animal cruelty. In reply, Mr Prodan, chairman of CSC, to whom IGPPA belongs, said that the NGO lawyers would sue M. Serbanoiu for damaging their image.

Gheorghe Sandu claims to provide “veterinary care” to the dogs impounded by the concessionaire of dog management activity in Braila, i.e. the Environmental and Animal Protection Association Horez (APAM Horez). Since 2006 to date in the dogpound APAM Horez crimes over crimes have been committed, no institution (police or prosecutor’s office) putting any end to them. Crimes were the subject of many criminal complaints, for financial and economic crimes, embezzlement with public money, destruction, animal cruelty, fraud, etc.

Gheorghe Sandu provides veterinary services to APAM Horez by contract since March 2009 and has ‘provided’: shelter overcrowding that gets animals mauling and killing one another, lack of food to get the dogs to ‘undernourished’ and ‘rickety’ condition, killing of the dogs in the dogpound (euthanasia ) for “incurable disease” as well as the “three-legged dogs that do not have any form of defense” (Gheorghe Sandu’s statement).

In 2009, 2505 dogs died and were killed by APAM Horez & Sandu Gheorghe, i.e., all dogs picked by dogcatchers. That is, dog killing, while the Romanian law bans the euthanasia of healthy animals.

The footage shows what the “animal police inspector” deals with.

As the video shows, they terrorize animal lovers who want to save a dog from certain death. Ms Miu, an animal lover, was reported to dogcatchers that she fed dogs around the block (which is not a crime) and on 05/21/2010 the dogcatchers APAM Horez came to get the dogs to the dogpound, to do to them what they did to the others, i.e., to kill them. She called 112 asking police intervention for the dog she was protecting not to be taken from her arms, telling them that crimes are committed in Horez’s dogpound.

What exactly did the policemen do?

As seen in the footage, intimidated by the IGPPA ID card that Sandu Gheorghe put under their eyes, they got “shoulder to shoulder” posted in front of the block entrance, cutting woman’s retreat, in case she would have tried to escape with the dog (tranquilized by dogcatchers). The action of “terrorizing” a citizen, tax payer, which also pays the police representatives to do their duty of investigation and law enforcement took 45 minutes.

What they really do can be seen in the footage: they worked hardly to convince the woman to hand over the animal, and fined her for disturbing the public order, leaving the person who asked their help without protection at the sake of perpetrators. Their subsequent behavior leaves much to be desired. Who did disturb the public order, can be seen in the footage.

After the policemen’s departure dogcatchers finished the action, like thieves on the highway, dispossessing Ms. Miu of the dog she protected in her arms. But the policemen did their duty, came, saw, and punished …. leaving the citizen, Ms. Miu, without the “safety and reliability” police ought to provide.
Or maybe this logo translates into “safe and reliable for criminals“?

Those involved in actions knew they were filmed. After the police left, the dogcatchers, the plaintiff (administrator of blockhouse) and police’s witness (the neighbour in jeans coat) noticed that the cameraman had gone to change the battery. Seeing that they were no longer filmed, they bullied the woman, and forcefully took the dog from her arms.

In the end of the footage she is pushed by 2 dogcatchers & the veterinarian Sandu Gheorghe, while the third dogcatcher (driver, in leather jacket) sets off the car. Sandu Gheorghe (in camouflage outfit and hood, not to be recognized) pushes the woman once again, then walks to shake hands with the plaintiff. 

Also, town hall employee shakes hands with the plaintiff, this proving once again that all complaint was an act of revenge against the women, of the block administrator, involving the town hall employee, dogcatchers, with the support of the Police.

Also under policemen’s eyes 2 persons (dogcatchers) who are not allowed to use tranquilizers, use them unhindered.   Policemen didn’t check the persons using the non-lethal weapons, their authorization.

In fact the policemen did not give any importance of this action in progress, nor follow what happens as ‘each is responsible for his or her deeds’. What is the role of police, other than finding the violations that occur even in the presence of police?

The exclusive objective of police was monitoring and charging penalty to the woman.
In the presence of police, the plaintiff kicks the young dog, tranquilized already, which runs passing by them.

Each of the two 3-4 month old dogs that was tranquilized during the filming were shot 2 times, they were shot under the cars, in blind, by people who had not the right to use tranquilizers, dogcatchers carried the tranquilized dogs to car hidden from eyesight, for their condition to not be caught by camera. Sandu Gheorghe, the veterinarian, did not attend the tranquilization process at all, leaving the tranquilization entirely in dogcatchers’ assessment and hands. In fact he paid no attention to the animals or their handling during this action, as veterinarian.

Actually this is the current practice.

According the national veterinarian authority, ANSVSA ‘tranquilizing weapons are considered veterinary biological product of veterinarian use and are used only by veterinarians as part of the medical-veterinarian care.

Government emergency ordinance 155 / 2001 – Annex 2 – Rules for catching and transporting dogs, Article 8: Weapons of capture can’t be used to catch young dogs, since they can be seriously injured.
All the four dogs three month old and three adults were captured by tranquilization.

Meanwhile, the two policemen worked on convincing ms Miu to hand over the dog to dogcatchers, because the situation was ‘already tensed’, and they circled her together with the employees of APAM Horez (NGO of animal protection!!), the witness (neighbour), plaintiff, town hall employee, for her not to run away with the dog.

Woman keeps calm; it is not her that who causes trouble and altercation.
When she is asked to sign the penalty report, she asks the ‘invectives’ for which she gets the penalty to be written down as well. The policeman says: you cannot oblige anyone to write what you want.

Then I can’t sign it, Miu said.

The report issued by police mentions: Miu disturbed the public order, had altercation and called abusive words to Sandu Gheorghe, in his quality of doctor inspector in the animal protection.

We call the police representatives to take notice of the abuses and illegalities presented by the footage and take appropriate necessary measures.

Video link:

http://dl.transfer.ro/Miu_si_Politia_21.05.2010-transfer_ro-22may-addd7a76f.mp4

 The 45 min footage is available on link for 10 days.

 

 

South Africa: World Cup Animal Slaughters – Government Contact Details and Sample Letter

Info supplied by ‘Scotland for Animals’:

http://www.scotlandforanimals.org/

We’ve been asked by many of you asking for South African Govt. and Consular contacts. Please see below details and sample email.

Please send and forward on to all contacts

South African High Commission UK: london.general@foreign.gov.za

( If outside UK for embassies in your own country visit: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/SouthAfrica )

Ministry of Tourism: ministry@tourism.gov.za

President Jacob Zuma: president@po.gov.za

Director General, Ministry of Sport and Recreation: vernie@srsa.gov.za

Sample email letter;

Dear Sir/ Madam

I am writing to complain regarding your Government’s decision to endorse the ritual sacrifice of live animals at stadiums during the coming World Cup event.

I am dismayed that this is being promoted as a “cultural event” and being carried out to ensure the tournament goes ahead in “true African style”.

I find it very hard to believe that the practice of torturing and killing animals is seen by most Africans as a positive or acceptable act that is somehow linked to African culture. I note that your “Rainbow Nation” is trying very hard to present itself to the world as a modern, dynamic state.  I am extremely doubtful that the brutalisation of defenceless animals will be seen as a positive advance from the horrors of Apartheid and other shameful periods in your nation’s history that has so damaged it.

As the South African economy is so reliant on tourism and international trade I would appeal to you to think very carefully about letting this spectacle take place as I am aware that, despite your best efforts to keep plans for this slaughter quiet, word is rapidly spreading and potential visitors are far from happy.

I hope that you will reconsider the situation and prevent any acts of animal sacrifice from going ahead.

Yours faithfully

**Please ensure you include your postal address at all times**

Hungary: Appeal For Donations to Flooded Animal Shelter

 

 

 

Translation

SOS help is needed!  

gazditkeresek.hu gazditkeresek.hu – 2010 május 21, péntek – 11:392010

May 21, Friday – 11:39

A zempléni kutyaotthont 2010.

The Zemplén kutyaotthont 2010th 05.17.-én elöntötte az árvíz. 05.17.-on wave of flooding. Mára már jócskán apadt, de gumicsizmával lehet csak közlekedni. It is now greatly dwindled, but can only travel in rubber boots. A kutyákat próbálták elhelyezni , ám sokuknak vízben kell töltenie a napjaikat. The dogs are trying to place, but many of them in the water to fill their days. Még most is aktuális, hogy akár örökbefogadással, de egy-két kutya ideiglenes befogadásával is nagyon sokat segítenének rajtuk. Even now, the current, up to adoption, but a couple of temporary accommodation is very much a dog would help them.

Aki csak teheti küldjön, élelmet, kutyaólat, anyagi támogatást.

Everyone who can send out for food, kennels, for financial support. Várnak továbbá kétkezi segítséget, fuvart a mentéshez, üzemanyagot, sódert, kavicsot, faanyagot, dróthálót, meleg takarókat, fűrészport szalmát! A kutyák fáznak, vízben állnak, száz állatot ment négy asszony. Waiting for help and manual, to save freight, fuel, gravel, stone, wood, wire mesh, warm blankets, straw, sawdust! “The dogs are cold water consist of hundreds of animals went in four women.

Minden segítségre szükség van! All the help you need!
Az Állatotthon gazdája: Szilágyi Lászlóné, Júlia, 0630/576-89-35

The owner Állatotthon: László Szilágyi, Júlia, 0630/576-89-35

Eseti felajánlások:

Ad hoc donations:

Zemplén Gazdátlan Állataiért Alapítvány KutyaotthonaOrphan Foundation Zemplén Állataiért Kutyaotthona
10402757-27500503-00000000

10402757-27500503-00000000

http://www.gazdatlankutyak.eoldal.hu/oldal/a-menhelyrol

http://www.gazdatlankutyak.eoldal.hu/oldal/a-menhelyrol

FOR DONATIONS to help

UPDATE 25/05/10 Donations

Thanks to Juli for more information on donations:

I can read Hungarian somewhat ….and according to above, you can donate to them via this weblink or you can donate directly to their bank account, info included below:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=hu&tl=en&u=http://www.adhat.hu/onlineadomany/55115&rurl=translate.google.com

HUF or Hungarian Forint is the currency, as the Euro is not yet widely accepted and it is not the recognized currency yet.
For example, $25.00 USD is approx equivalent to 5600 Forint. That is not a great deal of money, maybe enough for a dinner for two in a reasonablly nice restaurant, but I am sure it would be very useful for the shelter, as every little bit counts!

E-mail : luca@businesstel.hu

You could also donate directly to their bank account – here is the info:
Account nbr.: 18431324-1-05
Bank info: 10402757-27500503-00000000

You can contact them also via telephone but probably (I have no idea) they might not speak English.

Tel numbers:
Julikla- Tel: +47/ 321-365 and/ or 30/576-89-35

Marika- Tel: +47/322-158 and 20/242-11-61

I hope this helps!! Let me know if you need more info, as I could always call them at the shelter, at the phone numbers listed.

Thank you.

Spain: Bull Gets Revenge Before It Dies

 

 

 

 

Youtube footage:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpLXXM1L5yY&feature=player_embedded 

THIS pic shows a Spanish matador being gored by a bull.

Veteran bullfighter Julio Aparicio stumbles and falls to the ground, then the bull charges him.

The bull’s horn enters Aparicio’s throat and protrudes through his mouth, during the fight at Plaza de Toros las Ventas bullring as part of the San Isidro Festival in Madrid.

Apricio is in hospital in a critical condition.

Photo and text link:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/warning-graphic-pics-of-bullfight/story-e6frf7jo-1225869901001

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SAV Comment – and the bull died as always in such pathetic events.

Romania: Brigitte Bardot in Protest Over Bucharest Dog Cull.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/romania/7740947/Brigitte-Bardot-in-protest-over-Bucharest-dog-cull.html
Daily Telegraph. 19 May 2010.

 

Brigitte Bardot in protest over Bucharest dog cull.

The French actress Brigitte Bardot has said that “Romania will not be able to evolve” as a country if it introduces a law to cull thousands of stray dogs in Bucharest.

Brigitte Bardot has written an open letter to Romanian MPs to protest about the mass cull Photo: AP In an open letter to Romanian MPs, Bardot, a passionate advocate of animal rights, condemned plans to introduce a law that would allow street dogs to be killed if they remain unclaimed after seven days.  “Romania will not be able to evolve if it continues to takecruel decisions against sensitive creatures, which are under the protection of European law,” the actress wrote.

“Stray animals, neglected and threatened on the streets, mirror the fear of a country which fails to approach the future based on the principle of voluntary responsibility.” She begged MPs, currently debating the law, to reject the legislation and to avoid the “illusory traps of drastic and expedite measures.” This is not the first time the Bardot has leapt to the defence of Romanian dogs. In 2001 she donated £98,000 to a sterilisation scheme for Bucharest’s strays. 

The film star’s latest intervention added to heated debate in Romania about what to do with the dogs that roam the streets of the nation’s capital. City authorities claim that up to 100,000 strays live in Bucharest, and that over 2,000 people have already been bitten this year. Last year, hospitals treated 11,000 bite victims, with medical bills for treatment coming to £341,000.

With Romania facing severe austerity measures owing to the financial crisis, Bucharest’s leaders claim that the city can no longer afford to maintain the upkeep for captured strays and hospitals bills for those bitten, and also argue that culling is a more humane than allowing the dogs to live wretched lives on the streets. But animal rights groups have described the cull plans as barbaric, calling instead for increased sterilisation.

The problem of Bucharest’s strays dates back to the days of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. To make way for the grandiose building schemes the leader favoured thousands of houses were razed to the ground, and with people re-housed in small flats pet dogs were often abandoned.