Ukraine: Take Action and Ask UEFA To Stop Stray Animal Killings at Euro 2012.

Naturewatch Link:

Stray animals being barbarically killed ahead of UEFA Euro 2012 Championships 

Corrupt council bosses in Lugansk are using the forthcoming 14th European Football Championship (UEFA Euro 2012) to kill stray animals.

Please help end us end this barbaric cruelty by writing to UEFA’s President today. We’ve made it really quick and easy – simply print off our template letter, top and tail it and then pop it in the post with a 60 pence stamp (Uk).

Here are links to our March 2011 campaign mailing – please print off and distribute as many copies as you can.

Template letter to UEFA’s President

Naturewatch letter to supporters

UEFA leaflet

Here’s how it works: Football fans from Europe will arrive at Lugansk airport and the fans will be transported by bus to Donetsk stadium where the matches will be played.

Corrupt municipality bosses are using this event, and the expected high number of visitors, to suggest that all stray animals must be killed for safety purposes. They believe this will also enhance the image of the city making it nice and clean and safe. But to do this they need an allocation of money from the city.

The corrupt officials then state a hugely inflated figure of strays and say they need 100 hyrvna (approx 10 Euro’s) to kill each dog. Of course they say the dogs will be humanely euthanised.

Once the money is received from the city budget, they take on a team of unemployed workers and send them out to kill strays with poisoned meat. The cost is a few Euro cents per dog (after all how much does it cost to get some cheap poison and dig a hole to bury the animals – when the hole is full they just dig another one!

For every dog they kill they say they have killed ten or twenty or more. For every 100,000 Euro of budget, it is estimated that perhaps 1000 euros are spent and that leaves 99,000 Euros which is stolen and shared amongst the officials.

Naturewatch urges all football fans and all teams in Europe to write to the UEFA President urging that he takes action to stop this barbaric cruelty in Lugansk.

Notes: This kind of scam is operated in many regions of Ukraine with Kyiv City Municipality being the most corrupt. This has gone on for years and is a big money maker for municipality officials and the corruption is present at the highest levels. 

Ukraine 2012 links: 2012 ukraine 

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