EU: MEP’s Present a Written Declaration Concerning “the Management of the Dog Population in the European Union.

SAV Comment

Excellent !! – exactly what we have been asking for.

A clear message for potential future member states of the EU to observe, as well as some of those who are current members – ie. Romania.

This will be passed in the end; so why not start taking welfare friendly action now ? – lets see no kill sterilisation, vaccination, identification and microchipping.

Congratulations to MEPs Adina Valean, Daciana Sarbu, Elisabeth Jeggle and Janusz Wojciechowski; you have our full support with your proposals.


Strasbourg , 8 June 2011

Adina Valean, ALDE MEP, has initiated, this week, together with Daciana Sarbu and two other MEPs, a written declaration concerning “the management of the dog population in the European Union,” asking Member States to adopt relevant strategies on this, that include “measures such as sterilisation of owned and stray animals, dog control laws and the promotion of responsible pet ownership.”

If the declaration gathers half + 1 from the number of MEPs, it will become the official position of the European Parliament in this dossier.

In the preamble of the written declaration, it is stated that “according to the Treaty, animals are sentient beings and the EU and Member States must pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals.” It is also mentioned that “in some Member States, stray animals pose a threat to public health and safety” and that some of the Member States “are taking extreme measures against stray animals.

MEPs call on the Commission to ensure that the principle mentioned in Article 13 of the Treaty is respected by the Member States and calls on the Member States to adopt comprehensive dog population management strategies that include measures such as sterilisation of owned and stray animals, dog control laws and the promotion of responsible pet ownership.

In the same time, MEPs Adina Valean, Daciana Sarbu, Elisabeth Jeggle and Janusz Wojciechowski ask the European Commission to encourage the Member States to introduce the mandatory identification and registration of every dog, by means of EU-wide compatible systems, in order to avoid the spread of diseases.


Romania: Thick Head Botosani Mayor Is Leaving Animals At Shelters To Die.


New pics from Botosani, a full shelter, no wate ror food, and the request for money to buy the animals off.

Photos from the last few days can be seen at:—–28062011.html

Along with lots of news and actions.

The brain dead mayor of Botosani (pictured above) Catalin Muguel Flutur (‚surprisingly’ he is the brother of the vice-president Gheorghe Flutur of the leading party PDL) apparently wants to make an example in his town.

Probably he likes to show very big-mouthed how easy and active he manages this topic in Botosani while the government is debating cowardly about the new law.

 This mayor doesn’ t care if his doing is legal or illegal or ethical.

It’s a matter of business, retention of power and influence. These ‘cleanings’ are not acceptable!

It is hoped that the…..

 …….  but the EU appears to care very little about EU animal welfare in this case !!


Past SAV links to Romania – a bent and corrupt nation which is completely out of control when it comes to animal care:

Uk (England): Industrial Pig Farm in Derbyshire? – Please Sign the Petition to Stop Planning Application.


This petition is also open to NON UK residents to sign.

The more international support there is, the better the chance of success.

Please sign – Thank You.

Read the very interesting story about all of this so far at:


Pig farm owned by Midlands Pig Producers. Photograph: Caters News Agency

Subject: Industrial pig farm in Derbyshire?

At pig factory farms, adult sows are pregnant for most of their lives. Their piglets are artificially weaned when they’re 3-4 weeks old (natural weaning takes place at 11-14 weeks), and the sows are inseminated again one week after weaning. While pregnant, the sows are kept in stalls too small for them to move around. They bite the bars of their cages in their fever to get free.

Midland Pig Producers (MPP) wants to build a pig factory farm in a pristine field in Derbyshire. The factory farm would house 2,500 breeding sows, and 25,000 pigs total. 1,000 pigs would be slaughtered every week. If approved, the facility would be the third largest pig factory farm in the UK.

The Derbyshire County Council can stop Midland Pig Producers from building this enormous factory farm, but time is short — they may vote as soon as 11 July.

Please sign the petition to tell them to vote no.

Pig factory farms aren’t only horrible for the pigs who live and die there — they’re also extremely bad for the environment and the people who live nearby. According to the UN, livestock production accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide (cars and transport account for just 14%). Toxic gases from factory farms have also been known to cause illness in nearby humans, and a University of Missouri report cited that property values within two tenths of a kilometre of factory farms decreased by 88.3%.

Perhaps worst of all, pig factory farms pump their piglets full of antibiotics, which dramatically increases the incidence of drug-resistant diseases (like MRSA) that can spread from pigs to humans. In America last year, more people died from MRSA than AIDS. 

Huge factory farms are common in America, but not so in the UK. A “no” vote from the Derbyshire County Council could set an important precedent to help keep it that way.

Please sign the petition today to tell the Derbyshire County Council to block MPP’s plans for its new factory farm:

Thanks for taking action,

– Patrick and the team

Netherlands: Dutch MPs Effectively Ban Ritual Slaughter of Animals.

BBC News – Dutch MPs effectively ban ritual slaughter of animals

28 June 2011 Last updated at 17:58

Dutch MPs effectively ban ritual slaughter of animals

The Dutch lower house of parliament has passed a law effectively banning the
ritual slaughter of animals, in a move condemned by Muslim and Jewish

The legislation states that all animals must be stunned before being killed.

But the Islamic dhabiha and Jewish shechita methods of ritual slaughter
require them to be fully conscious.

The legislation was proposed by an animal rights party with two MPs, which
argued that failing to stun the animals subjected them to unnecessary pain.

But debate over the matter swiftly became a focus of animosity towards the
Netherlands’ 1.2 million-strong Muslim community. The country’s Jewish
population is comparatively small at 50,000.

Following months of debate a last minute concession was offered – the Muslim
and Jewish communities will have a year to provide evidence that animals
slaughtered by traditional methods do not experience greater pain than those
that are stunned before they are killed.

However, observers say finding such proof will be virtually impossible.

The bill must still be approved by the upper house of parliament before it
can become law

Religious freedom

Before Tuesday’s vote, the head of the Party for the Animals, Marianne
Thieme, denied the bill was an attack on religious minorities.

She argued the law was necessary because scientists agreed that animals
suffered pain or fear if they were not stunned before slaughter, and because
current regulations allowed exceptions for ritual slaughter.

One of the first measures taken during the Occupation [by Nazi Germany
during World War II] was the closing of kosher abattoirs”

Binyomin Jacobs Dutch Chief Rabbi

“If you stun an animal before it’s been killed, the animal won’t experience
its own death,” she told the BBC World Service. “If you have new techniques
to ensure there’s no unnecessary suffering then you have to use it.”

“Three-thousand years ago, there were no anaesthetics,” she added. “But
since then we have developed more humane methods.”

In a rare show of unity, the Muslim and Jewish communities condemned the
legislation and said it infringed on their religious freedom.

“One of the first measures taken during the Occupation [by Nazi Germany
during World War II] was the closing of kosher abattoirs,” Dutch Chief Rabbi
Binyomin Jacobs told MPs during a debate in The Hague.

“If we no longer have people who can do ritual slaughter in the Netherlands,
we will stop eating meat,” he added.

The Party for the Animals said two million animals were subjected to ritual
slaughter every year in the Netherlands, although the organisation Halal
Correct said only 250,000 were killed without being stunned beforehand.

To make meat kosher for Jews or halal for Muslims, animals must be
slaughtered while still awake, by swiftly cutting the main arteries and
veins in their necks with sharp knives, and then allowing the blood to drain

South Korea: Festival Celebrating the Slaughter of Dogs for Meat Bites the Dust.

Subject: New announcement: Festival in Korea celebrating the slaughter of 
dogs for meat bites the dust.
By North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy and wires
 A South Korean dog meat festival has been cancelled after outrage and 
 protests from animal rights activists.
 The festival had been organised by the Korea Dog Farmers’ Association and 
  aimed to promote traditional dog meat consumption.
 It was to have been held at an open-air market south of Seoul on Friday, 
  supposedly showcasing various canine delicacies including barbequed dog, 
  sausages and steamed paws.
 The event at the market, well known for selling dogs for meat, would also 
  have featured products such as cosmetics and spirits with canine 
 But the organisers have been bombarded with complaints via phone and 
  vendors are unwilling to rent space to those taking part.
Professor of nutrition at Chung Cheong University, Ann Yong-Geun, is an 
adviser to the association.  Professor Ann says the festival was aimed at promoting traditional dog meat consumption.

“We couldn’t possibly go on with the plan due to endless phone calls of complaint … now there are few willing to rent us a place for the event,” he said.

Professor Ann says the festival would have displayed video clips and pictures of farms raising dogs under sanitary conditions, contrary to public perceptions.

He says there are about 600 farms raising dogs for meat in South Korea, where their meat has long been eaten and dog soup, or Boshintang, is a summer delicacy.

But growing numbers of Koreans oppose the practice and consider it an international embarrassment.

“This is making our country an international laughing stock and making the whole world mistakenly believe that all South Koreans eat dogs,” Park So-Youn, head of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth, said.

“Canines are the animals emotionally closest to humans. You can’t just publicly celebrate killing and eating them.”

Full article:

Uk: Despite Attempts By David Cameron To Kill The Introduction of Legislation, It Is Now The ‘Start of the End’ For Wild Animals In English and Uk Circuses.

SAV Comment.

Thursday 23rd June 2011 has been a monumental day fo circus animals in England and the rest of the Uk.  Despite overwhelming attempts by a government led by David Cameron (Prime Minister) to block the legislation calling for a ban, which included putting personal pressure on MPs involved in the issue, a vote in the House of Commons on the afternoon of 23/06/11 has now started the official wheels turning to enforce a ban on the use of all wild animals in circuses.

SAV wishes to especially congratulate Mark Pritchard MP for having the resolve to continue with his fight to introduce this legislation, despite major threats and opposition from David Cameron; who all of us in the Uk animal welfare lobby know is NO real friend of the animals or of legislation aimed at improving animal welfare.

Yesterday was a major defeat for those who wished to take no real, positive action in defence of animal welfare.  95% of the British public wanted a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.  The government led by David Cameron even established an on line consultation to ask the public what they felt.  When the British public overwhelmingly showed they wanted a ban; the government ignored the wishes of the public and instead attempted to use EU and human rights laws as a feeble attempt to refuse the introduction of a ban.

The brilliant campaign group ‘Animal Defenders’  instructed Bircham Dyson Bell, leading Solicitors and Parliamentary Agents, to research the conformity of a ban on wild animals in circuses with the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Union Services Directive.

All the findings of the research showed one thing –

there are No obstacles left in the way for Government to implement outright ban”.

The parliamentary vote on 23/06/11 dealt a massive blow; another blow to the current government; a government now known as the “U turn government” because of the amount of reversing and back tracking and changes it is doing with regard its fledgling policies.

The use of wild animals in circuses is yet another issue where the government has been blown apart.

Thursday 23rd June 2011 was a great day for Uk circus animals.  It is the start of the end for beautiful animals performing cheap and degrading tricks for an uneducated audience.

The following links provide more information on this historic event.



Watch the great speech by Mark Pritchard MP in the (London) House of Commons debate on 23/06/11 via the following BBC link:

Congratulations Mark !!

Latest (24/06/11) from Animal Defenders:

Anne the elephant beaten at Bobby Roberts Circus:

Anne the elephant safe at last

Anne the elephant has made a safe journey to Longleat Safari Park this morning after being handed over by Bobby Roberts Super Circus.
Read more…



No. 10 climbdown on circus ban calls

12:30am Friday 24th June 2011

Downing Street has signalled it will bow to pressure over MPs’ demands for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

But there are still “unavoidable legal difficulties” that must be overcome before the practice can be outlawed, officials have insisted.

Ministers have steadfastly opposed the move fearing the Government will be left open to lawsuits from circus owners and workers. MPs agreed, however, to direct the coalition to introduce a ban from July next year after a debate in the Commons.

Although the decision is not binding, it is highly embarrassing for the Government and has heaped pressure on ministers to act. A Downing Street source said: “The Government will recognise the will of the House.”

Tory Mark Pritchard, who led the backbench call for a ban, claimed he had been threatened by the Prime Minister’s office unless he backed down.

In an open show of defiance, Wrekin MP Mr Pritchard told MPs he was first offered “incentive and reward” if he complied with the wishes of the party hierarchy but as he stood firm pressure was “ratcheted up” on him.

He said: “I had a call from the Prime Minister’s office directly and I was told that, unless I withdraw this motion, the Prime Minister himself said he would look upon it very dimly indeed.”

Mr Pritchard said: “I will not be bullied by any other whips. This is an issue I have campaigned on for many years.”

There are currently three travelling circuses in the UK, with a total of 39 wild animals, including zebras, lions, tigers and camels. Agriculture minister Jim Paice said Government lawyers advised that it was “highly likely” ministers would be challenged on the basis that an outright ban was “disproportionate in terms of improving welfare in circuses”.

A Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs spokeswoman said: “The Government will listen to the view of the House and is sympathetic to the motion for a ban. We will continue to look carefully at how this could be introduced, but there are unavoidable legal difficulties that we cannot ignore.”


27,000 sign wild animal circus ban petition

By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent

Friday, 17 June 2011

Almost 27,000 have signed The Independent’s online petition calling for the Government to ban wild animals in circuses, pushing it within a few thousand of its target.

The Independent is hoping that 30,000 people will put their name to the petition by Thursday when MPs vote on whether to direct the Coalition to introduce a ban.

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28,000 sign circuses petition ahead of crucial vote

Animal welfare groups are concerned that some MPs who have signed Commons motions backing a ban will not turn up because the three-hour backbench debate takes place on a Thursday afternoon when many would normally return to their constituencies.

In the run up to the vote, the RSPCA and other organisations are encouraging supporters to contact their MP urging them to vote.

Meanwhile The Independent is making a final appeal for people to sign its petition.

Signing it, Jenny Parker, of Sherborne, Dortset, wrote: “I find it hard to believe that in the so-called enlightened 21st century that we still have to petition the Government to ban such cruel and unnatural acts as performing animals in circuses.” Annik Piriou, from Oxford, remarked: “I would prefer to see animals in their natural environment, even if it is only on TV.”

The Captive Animals Protection Society, which is backing The Independent’s campaign, appealed for the public’s help.

Its director Liz Tyson said: “The numbers showing their support for a ban is growing daily – demonstrated by the almost 27,000 people that have signed the Independent petition. Interestingly, a petition set up just six days after this one, showing the level of support for keeping animals in circuses currently boasts only 594 signatures.”

She added: “We know that there are almost 200 MPs that have formally pledged their support for a ban by signing the EDM and many more who have told us they are behind us on this one but without this support being translated into votes, the animals will continue to suffer. We implore MP’s to attend the debate and make their opinion heard next Thursday.”

Ricky Gervais: “I am appalled

Multi award winning writer and comedian Ricky Gervais said: “Animal Defenders International’s recent footage of Anne the elephant being beaten graphically displays why the government should ban wild animals in circuses. I am appalled that wild animals are still kept in circuses and fully support the call for a ban. It is high time that Government got on and implemented one.”

Celebrity Designer Meg Mathews said: “As an advocate of animal welfare, the footage released by ADI of poor Annie the elephant being so cruelly treated made me sick to my stomach. It’s time for this government to stop dragging its heels and finally take action to end the suffering that animals like Anne endure every day in UK circuses.”

Brian May, legendary guitarist, song writer and founding member of Queen said: “The use of wild animals in circuses is cruel, distasteful and unacceptable in the 21st century. Our present government is currently backing away from ending this abhorrent practice. We at ‘Save-Me’ call on David Cameron personally to act now, and take a step towards making Britain worthy of its desired status as a nation of animal-lovers. While wild animals still exist in circuses, we remain very far away from that title.”

Star of Miss Marple and theatre director Julia McKenzie said: “The Government needs to listen to the will of the Great British public and implement a wild animal circuses ban without further delay. Their decision is flawed and needs rapid review. I urge the Minister to reconsider.”

Actor, historian and writer John Nettles said: “I am absolutely amazed that wild animals in circuses still exist in the UK. I was appalled when ADI informed me of Government’s recent decision and I would urge all animal lovers to get behind their campaign in the interests of animal protection and welfare.”

Radio personality, DJ, presenter and broadcaster Mark Radcliffe said: “I am amazed that wild animal circuses still exist in the UK, and like the vast majority of the public and politicians I want to see a ban on their use once and for all – and I want this to happen now. Successive governments have been mulling this issue over now for far too long, and it is high time that the Coalition Government acted decisively to bring an end to this animal suffering – once and for all. They have been provided with all the evidence and information that they need and it is time to now listen to the will of the UK public.”

Comedian, actor and author Alexei Sayle said: “There are many grey areas in matters of morality – using wild animals in circuses is not one of these grey areas. It is simply and obviously wrong and indefensible. The sooner this blot on a civilised country is eradicated the better it will be for all of us – animals and humans.”

And the poet, novelist and playwright Benjamin Zephaniah said: “There are so many ways that intelligent human beings can have fun, and exploiting animals should not be one of them. Beautiful animals are not for our entertainment, in fact it’s our duty to respect and protect them. I am a real animal lover and I would never go to a circus that had wild animals, so I’m appealing to the Government to heed ADI’s advice. The Great British public have made it clear, they demand better, so the Government should do the right thing for animal welfare by implementing a ban.”

Mark Pritchard MP, Jim Fitzpatrick MP and Bob Russell MP have secured a three hour backbench cross party debate to discuss the issue in the Chamber on Thursday 23 June commencing at 3pm and running to 6pm.

Immediately afterwards a vote is expected to be taken urging that the Coalition Government uses its powers to introduce a regulation banning the use of all wild animals in circuses.

A copy of the joint letter to the Prime Minister can be viewed here.

**Recent HistoryAnimal Defenders Show that there would be NO breaches of Acts, despite what the government says.


ADI’s legal advice: circus ban would not breach Human Rights Act or European Services Directive

Posted: 2 June 2011. Updated: 2 June 2011

No obstacles left in way for Government to implement outright ban.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has received expert legal advice stating that an outright ban on the use of wild animals in circuses would not breach the Human Rights Act or the EU Services Directive, once again paving the way for the Coalition Government to implement a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses without further delay.

ADI’s latest announcement follows their statement last week that Defra officials had indicated in 2009 that it was possible to introduce a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses under the auspices of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The week previously ADI had exposed the Government as being incorrect by uncovering that there was no Austrian legal challenge in the courts, cited by the Government as a primary reason not to ban.

Jan Creamer, Chief Executive of ADI said: We have proved conclusively that there is no Austrian legal challenge, no need for new legislation and that a ban would not breach the Human Rights Act nor the EU Services Directive.

“Once again, ministers have been found wanting and we have proved the Coalition Government to be incorrect, legally and factually. Every obstacle they have put in the way to prevent an outright ban has now been knocked down. The government needs to stop looking for excuses and bring in a ban. 95% of the public wants a ban, parliament wants a ban, it is therefore in the public interest to bring in a ban.”

Knocked out: Human Rights Act

Last week, lawyers instructed by ADI analysed if a ban could potentially affect a person’s right to respect for private and family life under the UK’s Human Rights Act (HRA) (article 8) and the protection for property (article 1 of protocol 1 HRA). The advice concluded that a ban would be within the ‘margin of appreciation’ afforded to the UK.

Furthermore, the legal advice is that if a ban is proposed because it is considered ethically wrong in itself to use wild animals in circuses, a ban would be the only measure which would achieve this public interest aim and would be automatically proportionate. Therefore, the ban would not be in breach of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights

Knocked out: EU Services Directive

In addition, it was concluded that the UK would not be in contravention of the EU Services Directive by implementing national legislation which banned the use of wild animals in circuses and it would not be unlawful under EU law generally.

The European Court of Justice would accord a Member State a wide degree of discretion in this matter and since 2002 the European Commission has reiterated that the decision would be at the discretion of the individual Member State, and they would not wish to become involved.

Tim Phillips, ADI’s Campaigns Director said: “ADI’s recent exposé at the winter quarters of Bobby Roberts’ Super Circus, which showed the appalling abuse of Anne the elephant and Monty the camel and led to a worldwide public outcry, has provided the Government with the perfect opportunity to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

“However, the Coalition Government seems to be going to great lengths to place obstacles in the way and create smoke screens. What is becoming clear to us is their decision not to ban and subsequent actions continues to undermine their position, which is becoming increasingly untenable and the pressure is not subsiding. The Government ignores the will of the UK public at its peril, and may soon discover this to their detriment.”

Earlier this week ADI and other animal protection groups including Animal Aid, BVA, PETA, WSPA and RSPCA sent a joint open letter to the Prime Minister, requesting that he rethinks his Government’s current position.

ADI is in the process of drafting a series of legal briefings for politicians to keep the pressure up on the Government to do the right thing morally and ethically – wild animals do not belong in travelling circuses.

ADI instructed Bircham Dyson Bell, leading Solicitors and Parliamentary Agents, to research the conformity of a ban on wild animals in circuses with the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Union Services Directive.



Dear friends,

Please have a look at this:

This week MPs voted to ban the cruel use of wild animals by circuses. The ban isn’t law yet, but it could be if MPs keep pushing the government to end this cruel and outdated practice.

I’ve just added my name to a letter to MPs thanking them for what they’ve done so far and urging them to keep pushing for a circus ban.

I thought you might want to sign the letter too.

Click here to find out more and sign the letter now:


Romania: **INTERNATIONAL Short Mails Required Please Urgently** – The Mayor in the city of Iasi (Romanian’s 2nd largest city after Bucharest) who up until now has been committed towards CNR has started to bow to the concerns of a few narrow-minded individuals who want the dogs off the streets ‘now’ no matter how it’s done!! – Killing could start anytime. Please Help and Take INTERNATIONAL Action to Stop.

Chrissy at Romania Animal Aid here in the Uk has asked for some help – Urgently.

Please do what you can to write regarding this situation.  The link provides more information and e mail details of persons to contact.

Please try to act urgently about this – as Chrissy says:

“The city shelter simply does not have the capacity to take them all in given the size of Iasi and so within days will be totally over-whelmed.  From there the killings will no doubt start!”

Full details in the link provided.

Thanks – SAV and Chrissy.


Chrissy says:

See link explaining more to follow.

Essentially the Mayor in the city of Iasi (Romanian’s 2nd largest city after Bucharest) who up until now has been committed towards CNR programs and has been very receptive to our efforts to ‘top’ this up by funding 50 spays per month (my own charity RAA and the American charity RAR co-sponsor this), has started to bow to the concerns of a few narrow-minded individuals who want the dogs off the streets ‘now’ no matter how it’s done!!

Given his position and with the politics of the situation ever mindful (i.e. he wants to appease his voters) he has now ordered the round up of as many strays as possible to be taken to the city shelter.  The city shelter simply does not have the capacity to take them all in given the size of Iasi and so within days will be totally over-whelmed.  From there the killings will no doubt start!

This Mayor has been very cooperative until now and we need people to politely urge him to continue down the path of CNR as this is the only way to effectively and humanely manage the problem in the long-term.

Residents of Iasi especially are being asked to email/call the mayor and our coordinator in the city (Lelia) is hoping to meet the press at the city shelter tomorrow to highlight the situation further but if people across Europe could for now urgently email those listed on the link appealing to them not to be persuaded away from CNR we’d be very very grateful.

Chrissy xx


The wording of the link (above) is as follows:

Wednesday, 22 June 2011





Today it has been learnt that because of a few complaints by misinformed and biggoted people within his community that the Mayor of Iasi Mr Ghe Nichita, is not only going to discontinue working with NGO’s such as Romania Animal Aid and Romanian Action but has already started to allow neuterd and spayed dogs to be dragged into the local shelter. Also that he is because of a few backward thinking local people is considering euthanising the strays in Iasi including those on the streets currently and also in the city shelter. 

Now is the time that we all need to be contacting the mayor . The main points I have highlighted in bold, please do write your own correspondence around these points, but also add your own. Remember, with this guy, be very polite and applaud his efforts and sucess in the past with the catch neuter and release programmes he committed himself and his city to.

This guy is not yet our enemy, please dont make him one Polite,firm and commend him for his efforts so far, but remind him of the horrific mistakes made in the past before he committed himself and his city to the catch,neuter and release programmes.

Strongly urging him to stay committed to his spay/neuter and return efforts, this is the only proven long-term solution to effectively manage the over-population problem.  Every expert in the subject of stray dog management adheres to this, and it was surely because of his intelligence and forward thinking in understanding this that he committed his municipality to such programmes.

Remind him that a rushed decision based upon a handful of backward thinking individuals could potentially be a landmine of problems in the future. Not only in regards to his and his provinces public image locally and nationally, but also on an international level. 

Remind him what affect the Mayor of Botosani had on Romanias public and international image when he made a similar decision last month, ask him why he would even think of making again the mistakes of the past and cave in to a few uneducated and biased inidviduals who know no different. If he was to start euthanising the shelter and street dogs, this would not only be inhumane but would reflect extremely badly on his city in the eyes of the majority of his citizens and also the International community in general.

Email address and contacts, we need to act now, this is urgent: ; ; ;

Telephone Numbers:
The Mayor – 0040723399887
Director of Salubris (dogpound) – 0040729292809

If you live in Romania, especially in Iasi, the mayor really needs to hear from you, he needs to hear the majority of citizens in his city are against euthanasia and support the catch ,neuter and release programmes instead.

***************Extra News 23/06/11************************

Guys, please link in with Leila Creanga on Facebook if you can.  Lelia is battling the authorities in Iasi alone.  Iasi is in Moldova and there are not as many rescue people in that region. Leila is pretty much on her own.

She updates her Facebook profile with news and could really do with some support, her profile link is!/profile.php?id=100000415521712

If you are on Facebook please add Leila Creanga to your friends list She is battling the authorities alone in Iasi.  She needs our support and posts updates on her profile!  She is one of the strongest people I know coping wit the situation out there but needs a helping hand!

Her profile link is!/profile.php?id=100000415521712

Remember what happened at Botosani ? – see pictures below.

We dont want another duplicate at Iasi  !!

Please mail NOW.