Romania / EU: Press conference from 12 February, 2014 at the EU Parliament on the mistreatment of dogs in Romania.



30 minute video:

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Video: kindly provided by the Press Center of the EU- Parliament

SubjectPress conference from 12 February, 2014 at the EU Parliament on the mistreatment of dogs in Romania

On December 4, 2013 a delegation of the European Parliament went to Romania and had some meetings with Romanian officials ANSVSA- Sanitary-Veterinary and Food Safety National Authority and the Mayor of Bucharest. The delegation members were assured that the law on dog management was a law on “adoption, not on “euthanasia” and the citizens had access to public shelters which were totally transparent and complying with the law

On January 28, the delegation returned to Romania in order to inform themselves on the situation directly on site by visiting as well dog shelters of the city halls.

The Delegation found that there was a major discrepancy between what the authorities had told them during their first visit and what they found on site during their second visit.

On 12th of February, 2014, the Vice-Chairman of the AGRI Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Intergroup, MEP Janusz WOJCIECHOWSKI (ECR) together with the Vice-Chairman of the Animal Welfare Intergroup MEP Andrea ZANONI (ALDE) hosted a press conference in relation to their recent visit to Romania.

MEPs addressed concerns regarding the situation of stray dogs in light of the recently adopted Stray Dogs Euthanasia Law by the Parliament of Romania aimed at culling the stray population, and presented their reflections and conclusions and put forward plans, recommendations and possible initiatives in search of a solution on how to address the issue.


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England (UK): Badger Welfare Groups – 1; UK Government ‘Experts’ – 0. The Farce That Is Known As The Badger Cull Trials of 2013.


and for our non UK international friends, here is the brilliant Brian May – badger welfare campaigner and guitar hero, with ‘Queen’, top rockers in the past until the sad death of Freddie Mercury.

Click below for the BBC link:

‘ineffective and failed humaneness test’

Although this could very easily said about the Cameron Conservative politicians and National Farmers Union (NFU) which supported the mass kill on the advice of a so called ‘Chief Veterinarian’, we are actually talking about the words used by an independent scientific assessment of last year’s pilot badger culls in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset has (England) which concluded that they were not effective.

As we in the animal welfare movement said right from the start, the cull would be detrimental to animals welfare, a complete waste of public money, and show our alleged ‘expert’ politicians and farmers leaders for what they really are – ineffective

Please click on the above BBC News report for a full detailed analysis of the cull as reported by Pallab Ghosh.

Below – ‘Correct from the Start’ Brian May

the voice for the badger and the animal welfare groups

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Badger cull in numbers:

50% or fewer badgers were killed than target figure

·         6.4% – 18% badgers took longer than five minutes to die

·         1,771 number of badgers culled*

·        £7.29m estimated cost of badger cull, according to animal welfare charity*

Source: Independent Expert Panel, Care for the Wild*

We hear and read of many ‘experts’ from Defra, the government Ministry, as well as the ‘experts’ from the NFU, and ‘expert’ Mr Nigel Gibbens, the Chief Veterinary Officer; but the fact is that they were all wrong and the badger welfare groups were right from the very start.

From the BBC; “Defra said that it did not know when the report would be submitted by the IEP or when it would be published, stating only that “no deadline had been set”. A spokesperson added: “We knew there’d be lessons to be learned from the first year of the pilot culls which is why we’re looking forward to receiving the panel’s recommendations for improving the way they are carried out, because we need to do all we can to tackle this devastating disease.”

Can we suggest that the biggest lesson to be learned is that despite you all being very over zealous and self opinionated with regard the cull; you actually know very little.  There are other ways of addressing Bovine TB, which includes vaccination; so possibly before you all set off for future culls in the dark of night which will end up with no positive results, can we suggest that you look first and foremost into animal vaccination as the future for controlling this disease.

Over the past months we at SAV have given lots of time and posts to this badger cull – the ‘be all and end all’ as far as the politicians and farmers were convinced.

Once again the animal welfare lobby got it right, the government, chief vets and the NFU got it wrong; very wrong, at the cost of many animals lives.  And what have they learned now ? – very little we suspect; they only regard the killing of badgers as a solution to the issue of bovine TB.

UK Press reports and links for the end of February 2014:

          “The revelations are the most damaging yet and will make it challenging for ministers to justify their aim of rolling out further culls across the country”.

 – “Before the negative news about the south-west pilots broke on Friday (28 February), NFU director general Andy Robertson said selective culling might be operationally easier and more acceptable to the public”.

The Independent reports that the UK Government’s highly controversial badger cull has suffered a further setback after it released figures which showed it had exaggerated the case for the cull”.

 Links to see some of our previous SAV posts about the English badger cull:

Below – The ‘experts’ responsible for this complete and utter farce:


Above – Minister and ‘Expert’ Owen Paterson – with ‘Expert’ Prime Minister David Cameron.

Bring on the UK General Election of May 2015; and a much more viable government to replace the joke that exists in the UK at present.

Badger Welfare Groups – 1;  UK Government ‘Experts’ – 0.

Obvious to most sensible people in the UK from the very start !!

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Romania: The Mask Is Off ‘IREC’ – Please Read Very Interesting Information Via Link Provided.


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We have been sent the following very informative information today – 28/2/14.

Can we ask you please to have a good look at the following site, which we think you will fine very, very interesting.  Please distribute the link as necessary.

Message: PLEASE; everybody please join this page and invite friends…it is of PARAMOUNT importance that all those who fight for the right TO LIVE for stray dogs, to UNDERSTAND WHO started the MASS HYSTERIA, and who instigated to HATE towards these animals AND their protectors ( rescuers, animal rights advocate, registered organizations and so on….) These people  from IREC manipulate, and try to gain support from abroad from similar DOGS HATERS groups…with INACCUARTE information...Please also read and share the note in the second link…
Please read the NOTE on scribd.

Tibetan Monks Held By Chinese Authorities for Purchasing and Freeing Three Hundred Yaks Headed for the Slaughterhouse.

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Tibetan Buddist Monks Detained for Saving Yaks from Slaughter

byJoan Reddy

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Three senior Tibetan Buddhist monks are being detained by Chinese authorities in Golog, which occupies the southeastern corner of Quinghai province in the People’s Republic of China, for purchasing and freeing three hundred yaks headed for the slaughterhouse.

Ringpu, 50, Yutruk, 51, and Salshap, 47, are all respected figures in the Golog Gangshar monastery, and “were taken away on Feb. 6 to the Pema [in Chinese, Banma] county center and detained for saving about 300 yaks by purchasing them from the slaughterhouse,” a Tibetan resident from Golog told RFA’s Tibetan Service. “All three monks have been with the same monastery since they were ten years old,” he said. “Ringpu was the head of the monastery and had the experience of working as discipline coordinator of the monastery for six years.”

Saving animals by purchasing them alive from slaughterhouses and freeing them is a common religious practice among Tibetan Buddhists. As part of their faith, Tibetan Buddhists practice “life liberation,” which means they do not believe that animals should suffer and that it is their duty to free and help whenever they can. This not only benefits the animals, but is also good for the karma of the individual requesting the rescue, or for others to whom the practice is dedicated.

Once the animals are rescued, they are looked after for the rest of their lives by a family or monastery where they provide milk, hair, and wool for their guardians. This practice is so much part of Tibetan Buddhist culture and spirituality that “animals can be seen everywhere with colourful yam hanging from their ears, marking them as “saved” for life.”

Tibetan Buddhism is a religion that is being forced out of its homeland ever since Tibet was conquered by the Chinese. In a 2007 report by New York based Human Rights Watch, it states that “No one has the Liberty to Refuse” Chinese authorities. It is illegal for Tibetans to hold organized protests opposing the Chinese-operated slaughterhouses being built in Tibetan areas.

Ever since the Chinese have conquered Tibet, the people have been abhorred by the number of animals killed in slaughterhouses. The Chinese have set up large-scale factories where numerous animals are killed every day. To make it even worse, the Tibetans are being forced to sell fixed amounts of animals to the Chinese butchers and some of their rescued animals are being stolen and sent to the slaughterhouses.

“Local people in areas where theses incidents took place claim that they have been ordered to donate animals for slaughter on a per-household basis. In some cases, local protests have been led by religious figures and have led to animals and violence,” the report said. “Clearly slaughterhouses are offensive to Buddhist beliefs and these have provided some sanction for the protest, but to Tibetan herders it appears that the slaughterhouses also reflect the influx of Han Chinese entrepreneurs.”

A peaceful and compassionate people are being stripped of their culture and their spirituality so that capitalists, and the Chinese government can profit off the exploitation, and slaughter of the innocent.

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SAV fully supports a Tibet free from the ravages of China.

Let the Tibetan people live their lives free of rule by China


 Free Tibet links:


Romania: The Medieval Animal Abusing Nation That Puts Shame On All The Good Pro-Welfare Work Of EU Citizens – EU Parliament – Act – And Act NOW !



Remove these medieval animal abusers from the modern day EU – and do it now !

EU Citizens – Please remember – the Euro Elections are in May 2014 – tell your MEPs to act and act now on this issue if they want YOUR VOTE.  The time for talking and lost promises has passed – the EU demands action from its politicians !!


(private translation of text as it appears on DogsAndPeople website

with thanks to D for her work with this).

Romania guilty

Here below are the contact e mail addresses for ALL Romanian Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

You may wish to drop them a short line regarding the situation below, and asking them to wake up and get back to their national government to take action about this.  With European MEP elections this coming May, they need to attempt to gain public appeal and support, and votes.  They are not doing this by treating animals this way in Romania.

Time for change or time for new Romanian government and MEP’s; or alternatively, get Romania out of the EU if it wants to behave in this manner.

Full Romanian MEP listing:  just copy the entire block and paste into ‘CC’ – use the first contact as the ‘TO’ section in the mail.


Then copy all the following and paste into ‘CC’:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Forgotten Dogs in Romania Waiting for Death

After the passing of the kill law dogs are waiting in freezing temperatures and hungry for death. Please Help! Share this Article.

Romania: After the passing of the kill law dogs are waiting in freezing temperatures and hungry for death.

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Romania is drowned in snow up to 2 meters high, an icy wind blows across the land; in many places there is no getting through.

Trucks have to discontinue their journeys, because even the main roads into Bucarest are impassable.

Mobile networks are disrupted and the thing animal activists have dreaded since September 2013, has finally happened.

With the onset of winter at the beginning of this year the situation of the dogs has come to a head.

Since September of 2013, when Romania declared an all-out-war on strays, the animals have been hunted with unprecedented cruelty – being caught with wire nooses and taken to council “shelters”.

The „adoption law“, which legalises killing after 14 days, is, in reality, a kill law.

Not only is she short period of time allowed for adoption a mayor hurdle – it is also not very common in Romania to adopt street dogs and the councils arbitrarily make it difficult for people to adopt.

What this means for the dogs is difficult to imagine. They are being penned up: small and large dogs, old and sick dogs and pups.

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In many of the council shelters the dogs waste away, without food and care, until they are, as recently happened in Craiova, beaten to death.

A third of the dogs incarcerated there were “euthanized” in this way over night (see image of cleaning up afterwards).

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Many shelters were cut off from the world by the massive onset of winter, and contrary to those dogs in private shelter, where activists fight for every single life, these dogs were left to their fate.

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It is beyond comprehension that this sort of thing is allowed to happen in an EU member state.

Unpunished and unhindered Romania violates every agreement concerning animal welfare and recommendations for sensible population control.

Animal activists are fighting a losing battle.

The volunteer, who have gained access to these “hell shelters”, to see how the dogs are faring and to try and help, suffer extreme emotional distress and will never forget what they see. Nevertheless they do not leave the dogs to their fate.

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The Romanian state shows its most ugly face in these days and the European community is silent and tolerates the mass murder of dogs.

A Romanian activist reports: it was noticed on Saturday already that the kennels at the council shelter of Craiova were empty. And where, in the beginning, 6 to 8 dogs sat, only one or two remained.

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Activists of the privately-run initiative SPERATNA PENTRU ANIMALE /Craiova went to the local shelter at Breasta on a daily basis in order to feed the dogs there (between 700 and 800!) with their own food – or else they would’ve had nothing to eat.

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Due to bad snow fall they were FORBIDDEN to enter the shelter Breasta / Craiova for several days.

When the situation relaxed weatherwise, and they were allowed to return on Saturday, they found a third of the dogs gone.

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Every day now the number of dogs diminishes. From yesterday to today another 100 dogs disappeared – they are killing them over night.

 Many Romania and foreign activists and organisations are fighting for every soul and urgently need your help.

This is where you can help:


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Veterinarian Dr. Rudolf Hofmann

Transilvania Bank – Chitila branch

IBAN Euro: RO 37 BTRL EURC RT02 3139 4501


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IBAN: DE74750690150000267988


Please help us!

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Serbia: 27/02/2014 – Latest (Winter) News From Danica At Shelter ‘Felix’ – Please Help With A Donation If You Can – Thank You.

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Here below is the new update from Danica regarding this last winter at shelter Felix.

As you can read; several young animals are very poorly and in need of veterinary treatment, which is costing a lot !  There is also the need for constant funds to keep the gas bottles loaded up so that they can supply warmth to the animals at the shelter.

If you can help with a donation, no matter how small or large, please do it and help the animals at shelter Felix.

Web site link =

Blogspot =

The Blogspot enables you to donate online using Paypal, and also provides full bank details should you wish to send a donation via your own bank.

Some great news is that SPCA International recently published a story of Felix shelter, which you can see by clicking on the following link:

Please give anything you can this winter to help the cats at shelter Felix – Thank you – SAV 


Danica writes as follows:

These last few weeks have been nothing less than hectic.  After a somewhat balmy start to this winter, a cold spell and snowstorms swept through Serbia and blizzards wreaked havoc at the beginning of February. Many vehicles were snowed in, the roads were blocked and had been rendered impassable by blasting snow and powerful winds, so a state of emergency was declared. Military helicopters were deployed to rescue travelers that had gotten stuck in drifts. The army, police, firefighters and rescue teams were all in the field, the border with Hungary was closed while the Felix kitties, cozily tucked in their rooms, were awaiting nicer weather in their snowed-in home, cut off from the world by snowfall…



Real winter came briefly and went away again, a few days of spring-like weather followed just to be replaced by rain, but as long as there’s no new snow, we have nothing to moan about. Hopefully March won’t bring some unpleasant surprises but one can never know…  Central heating is on, thanks to the tremendous generosity of our friends and supporters – we managed to fill our gas tank for the second time this winter a couple of weeks ago and not a minute too soon, as there was almost no fuel left when the gas delivery truck pulled into the shelter at last. Unfortunately, the health conditions of the most delicate, oldest and chronically ill kitties are a completely different story.

Joca’s eye injury was the first in a series of serious problems and started with a scratch on the cornea that quickly evolved into a corneal ulcer and he had to undergo eye surgery, using a third eyelid flap. The third eyelid was actually sewn shut over the eye to protect the cornea and promote healing, which was done in an attempt to save his eye and avoid enucleation.  When the sutures were removed, it turned out that not only has his eye has been saved, but there’s vision in that eye as well! Joca is living in the house at the moment, cuddly and sweet as always, he is still under treatment but the worst has thankfully passed.

The next to fall sick was Shalimar, my recently rescued Siamese. Found in terrible shape, he was bouncing back entirely too slowly and seemed to be nervous and uneasy whenever I tried to pick him up. It seemed kind of odd until it was discovered that the two huge scabs I found on his body were in fact two large abscesses. The vet said he probably got injured some time ago but his abscesses were passing unnoticed until they fully matured and were practically ready to burst. A lot of pus came out of them after squeezing, they were drained, cleaned and debrided. The skin was stitched and gauze sutured into both wounds to keep them sterile and to facilitate drainage, without using drainage tubes. His stitches were removed a few days ago and both of his wounds are healing nicely. One less thing to worry about…

But the biggest problems were yet to come. Out of five kitties that are facing serious health issues right now, four are the members of the squad I initially brought to the shelter when we moved here and although I knew this winter would be stressful, this is entirely too much! Kmeca has a number of life-threatening health conditions: a dangerous renal papillary necrosis, kidney stones, sand, liver and duct bile problems, a wound of her tongue, some viral disease, inflamed gums, an unidentified mass in her colon… She is bone skinny, with seriously compromised kidney function and anything could happen at any moment.  Frca is heartbreakingly weak as well and it is suspected she has a pancreatic disease, but although she is being given medicine and special food, things don’t look very promising. We’re taking it one day at a time as it’s all we can do with both of those fragile beauties.

Marka and Kus Kus, a couple of oldies but goodies are struggling with the usual difficulties of the elderly, more or less – Marka has some bone and joint problems of the elderly (which is not a surprise considering she is over 18) and refuses to eat when her condition is painful. Kus Kus is having gum problems again which is nothing new though, as it has been happening to him on and off for years now.  After a major crisis he went through two years ago, he still hangs on, brave and dignified.

Njanja’s mysterious problem is still unsolved, mostly because he is not showing any other symptoms apart from being thin. It has been going on for months and there must be some underlying cause to his gaunt look but we haven’t yet succeeded in discovering what it is.

Circumstances have reached emergency level! Vet bills keep piling up, the special food costs a fortune and the fight for their lives has just begun. Please, consider donating whatever you possibly can to help these amazing felines recover!

Every donation, regardless of size, is of immense value and gratefully received as they all add up and really make a difference for these valiant furry fighters! On their behalf, thank you in advance!






















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Australia: Proises, Promises Again – Government / Dept of Ag. Tries to Defend the Indefensible Regarding Live Animal Exports.


Dept of Ag releases live animal export reports

24 Feb 2014

The Department of Agriculture has released three compliance investigation reports that concern the welfare of Australian livestock exported to overseas markets.

The compliance reports examine allegations that animals were found in unauthorised locations as well as improper animal handling and slaughter, in Jordan and Malaysia.

The department has determined in some instances handling and slaughter was not consistent with World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) standards or animals left approved facilities inconsistent with Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) requirements.

The investigation of sheep exported to Jordan concluded that it is highly likely many of the sheep shown in photographs and videos were of Australian origin and more likely than not that they were exported under ESCAS arrangements.  There was only sufficient material to support a finding against one exporter.  The department recorded a non compliance against Livestock Shipping Services in relation to a finding of unauthorised movement of sheep in Jordan. The department did not record a finding against the other exporter to Jordan, Wellard Rural Exports Pty Ltd.

While investigations are underway, the department has acted to place additional conditions on consignments of affected exporters to Jordan for export applications that have been subsequently approved.

The department has also required exporters to remove feedlots and abattoirs from supply chains where they are not able to meet the ESCAS standard at this time.

Additional conditions the department has applied on consignments to Jordan include:

24 hour security be applied at feedlots and abattoirs in supply chains

Supply chain officers to regularly reconcile the number of animals in supply chains

Independent audit of each supply chain officers’ reconciliations

Additional identification to be applied to animals on arrival to and departure from feedlots (for example, a prominent and easily visible wool mark)

The exporter to make monthly declarations to the department about the number of animals in the supply chain

An increase in frequency of independent audits for an approved supply chain.

The investigation of cattle exported to Malaysia found some aspects of animal handling and slaughter did not meet OIE animal welfare recommendations. Two exporters were using the abattoir at the time. However, cattle shown in the footage could not be linked to any individual exporter.

While the investigation was underway, the department acted to place additional conditions on the exporters, Australian Rural Exports Pty Ltd and International Livestock Export Pty Ltd, including providing an animal welfare officer at the abattoir to oversee slaughter and an additional audit.

The investigation of sheep and goats exported to Malaysia found some aspects of animal handling did not meet OIE animal welfare recommendations.  Whether the animals had been exported at the time ESCAS applied in Malaysia could not be determined.

While the investigation was underway, the department acted to place additional conditions on the exporters, Capricorn Pastoral Pty Ltd and Lembiru, including that exporters provide monthly reconciliations of stock in supply chains.

Additional conditions are applied when the department considers that they are necessary to promote compliance with the approved ESCAS. The department assesses all relevant information, including the exporter’s compliance record, in deciding whether or not to approve consignments or place additional conditions on consignments.

Exporters have also implemented their own measures to improve animal handling and slaughter, including providing further training at ESCAS facilities in the importing countries.

The department has also released two reports into mortality incidents. One report is an Elders International Australia cattle consignment by sea to Japan and the second is an Independent Livestock Services sheep consignment by air to Malaysia.

The department applied additional conditions on the exporters’ subsequent consignments. Exporters have successfully exported animals under these additional conditions without reaching the reportable mortality threshold.

Since 2005, a report has been tabled in Parliament by the Minister on livestock mortalities that occur on voyages by sea.

The compliance investigation reports can be viewed on the Department of Agriculture website

Source: Department of Agriculture