Romania: The Latest Very Detailed News In Romania From Carmen – 24/7/14.

 

Carmen has very kindly provided us with an update of the current situation in Romania. Can we suggest that you look in detail at the information and many photographs which are provided in the following links – SAV:

Stray dog situation in Romania (C. Arsene), July 2014 (English version) (1)

Situation der strassenhunde in Rumänien (C. Arsene), Juli 2014 (Deutsch version)

Romania-update: Stray dog situation/Situation der strassenhunde

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Dear All,

As many of you have asked for an update about the current situation of the stray dogs, I’ve put together the following.

Probably all of you already know about the decision of the Court of Appeals in Bucharest to suspend Governmental Decision HG 1059/2013, referring to the Methodological Norms for the application of the law for the stray dog management, until the Court can decide whether HG 1059 is annulled. On the 16th the Government appealed to the Court of Appeal against this decision, an action that was actually foreseeable due to the strong pressure they received in this respect.

After the decision of the Court to suspend the Norms, the situation in the public shelters is mixed: there are some City halls which have stopped killing, others go on with the killing officially or unofficially, and yet others continue to collect dogs and crowd them in the public shelters where they will die anyway because of starvation.

The policy in the public shelters has not changed. We find the same horrible conditions, the same life and death in the same horrible shelters, the same abusers, dog catchers, companies, or the same ignorant/inefficient/abusive Veterinary Directorates which protect the City halls and the illegalities.

 

The huge business in Slatina

Despite the enormous efforts made in the fight against the abusers, sometimes the situation doesn’t improve at all, as for example in Slatina. There, we have a trial in Court, we brought in some journalists, and even a delegation from the European Parliament. In order to stop the “wave” and also to save the company from the Court, in February City Hall cancelled their contract with the company which we had taken to court. But then they signed a new contract with another dubious company with the same interests.

 

A success example

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At other times, we have succeeded to change the situation in a town (permanently or only for a while), as it happened only some days ago with the public shelter in Gaesti, where I had been asked (as well by you) to intervene. The dogs had been captured/treated in the most tormenting way by using the forks. Some of them died in the street, others have been killed in the public shelter. Again, a company had a lucrative business of stray dog management going, asking for exorbitant prices which were being paid by the City Hall in Gaesti. After doing some research and gathering the necessary information, we sent our complaints to the responsible institutions. As a result, the Sanitary Veterinary Directorate has closed the public shelter and the police has launched a criminal investigation.

 

Round-table in European Parliament, “The brutal killing of dogs in Romania”

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On 17th July a very good round-table discussion took place at the European Parliament, moderated by EP reporter Peter von Kohl.  The participants were MEP Janusz Wojciechowski (Poland) and his assistant in animal welfare issues, vet Karoline Tomaszewski, MEP Stefan Eck (Germany), MEP JörgLeichtfried (Austria), and MEP AnjaHazekamp (Holland).

MEP Janusz Wojciechowski has come twice to Romania as part of two delegations, and he continues to put pressure on EP and EC. MEP Wojciechowski stated at the round-table that the situation he saw in Romania is horrible, that the Romanian authorities doen’t want to stop the brutal killing, that the stray dog management is a business, and that the Romanian authorities have an interest to continue this.

MEP Hazekamp stated that what is happening in Romania is very cruel and inhumane, that it violates the Treaty, and that the method has no effect on the stray dog population.

MEP Leichtfried commented on the answer from the EC, that they don’t have the competence to act in animal welfare. But he considers that the EU must have, because only a European law can make a difference in Europe for all animals and not only stray dogs.

MEP Stefan Ek said that the situation in Romania gets worse every day and that the EU has to officially react; he added that on 15th July a member of his party was in Bucharest and followed the cars of ASPA (the Public Service for stray dog management) to see how they work, and he was physically attacked by ASPA’s personnel.

The vet councilor Ms. Tomaszewska said that during her visits to Romania (as part of two EP delegations) she observed that the declaration of the mayor of Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu, differs a lot from what she saw in the public shelters. She also spoke about the experience she and the other members of the EP delegation had in the Slatina shelter; there was no food, no water, dogs like skeletons, and no adoption possible. The participants also spoke about the huge budgets allocated for ASPA.

The moderator said that it is well known that people from abroad are annoyed about the cruelties against dogs in Romania and that there is a will outside to do something. The moderator asked the participants what the most effective thing might be that people abroad could do. All the MEPs agreed that the EU people have to say “NO tourism in Romania” until the “bloody massacre is stopped”, that the EU has to act, and that the people have to put moral pressure on Romanian authorities.

You can view the round-table discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmNmbGgEKjY

 

Foreign groups of activists from Germany, Austria, and the UK came to Romania and followed the dog catchers from ASPA in Bucharest. They have seen all the components: the mistreating of animals, the huge impact the animal abuse has on the people, the cruelty and corruption of the authorities. Just as an example:

A Report, in English and German, about the overall actual situation regarding the stray dog management in Romania you will find attached/below:

 

English version: http://www.fnpa.ro/stray-dog-situation/

 

German version: http://www.fnpa.ro/situation-der-strassenhunde-in-rumanien/

 

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Deutsch

 

Ihr Lieben,

 

Da mich Viele von Euch um aktuelle Neuigkeiten über die Situation der Strassenhunde baten, habe ich das Folgende zusammengestellt.

Wahrscheinlich wissen die meißten von Euch über die Entscheidung des Berufungsgerichts in Bucharest, die Regierungs-Entscheidung HG 1059/2013 (die die methologischen Normen, die angewendet werden sollen im Umgang mit Streuner-Hunden, regelt) zeitweilig aufzuhebenbis das Gericht entscheiden kann, ob HG 1059 annulliert werden soll. Am 16. hat die Regierung Berufung gegen die Entscheidung des Berufungsgerichts eingeleitet, was vorauszusehen war, denn starker Druck wurde auf die Regierung ausgeübt.

Nachdem das Gericht entschied, die Normen zeitweilig aufzuheben, ist die Lage in den öffentlichen Tierheimen gemischt: manche Gemeinden haben mit dem Töten aufgehört, andere machen weiter entweder offiziell oder unoffiziell, und noch andere fangen immer noch Hunde ein und stopfen sie in die Heime, wo sie sowieso vor Hunger sterben werden.

Die Vorgehensweise in den öffentlichen Tierheimen hat sich nicht geändert.  Wir sehen dieselbe schreckliche Lage, dieselbe Leben-oder-Tod Situation in denselben grauenhaften Heimen, dieselben Schänder, Hundefänger, und Firmen, oder dieselben  uninformierten, unfähigen, gewalttätigen Vorstände für Tierärzte, die die Gemeinden und deren illegale Handlungen beschützen.

Das Riesen-Geschäft in Slatina

Trotz der enormen Bemühungen im Kampf gegen die Hundeschänder, ändert sich die Lage manchmal überhaupt nicht, wie zum Beispiel in Slatina. Wir sind dort zum Gericht gegangen, wir haben Journalisten eingeladen, und sogar eine Delegation des Europäischen Parlaments. Um die Protest-Welle zu stemmen, und auch, um die Firma vor dem Gericht zu bewahren, hat die Stadtverwaltung den Vertrag mit der Firma, die wir angezeigt hatten, gekündigt. Aber gleich danach haben sie einen neuen Vertrag unterschrieben, mit einer anderen zweifelhaften Firma mit den gleichen Interessen.

 

Ein Erfolgs-Beispiel

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Andere Male konnten wir die Situation in einer Stadt verändern (dauernd oder nur für eine Weile), wie zum Beispiel vor ein paar Tagen beim öffentlichen Tierheim in Gaesti, wo man (ihr  auch) mich bat, einzugreifen. Die Hunde wurden auf unglaublich grausame Weise gefangen und behandelt, mit Gabeln. Manche starben auf der Straße, andere wurden im Heim getötet. Wieder hatte eine Firma das lukrative Geschäft der Streuner-Behandlung übernommen, bei dem die Stadt Gaesti die astronomischen Preise bezahlte.  Nachdem wir etwas nachgeforscht und die nötige Information eingebracht hatten, reichten wir unsere Beschwerden bei den zuständigen Behörden ein. Daraufhin machte der Vorstand für Gesundheitstechnik und Veterinärmedizin das Heim zu, und die Polizei hat eine kriminelle Untersuchung angefangen.

 

Rundgespräch im Europaischen Parlament, „Das brutale Töten der Hunde in Rumänien“

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Am 17. Juli fand ein sehr gutes Rundgespräch im europaischen Parlament statt, das von EP Reporter Peter von Kohl moderiert wurde. Anwesend waren MEP Janusz Wojciechowski (Polen) und seine Assistentin für Tier-Angelegenheiten, Tierärztin  Karoline Tomaszewski, MEP Stefan Eck (Deutschland), MEP JörgLeichtfried (Österreich), und MEP AnjaHazekamp (Holland).

MEP Janusz Wojciechowski war zweimal in Rumänien im Zusammenhang mit zwei Delegationen, und er übt dauernd Druck aus auf die EP und EC. MEP Wojciechowski erklärte bei dem Rundgespräch, dass die Lage, die er in Rumänien vortraf, schrecklich sei, dass die rumänischen Behörden das brutale Töten nicht stoppen wollen, dass die Verwaltung der Streuner ein Geschäft sei, und dass die rumänischen Behörden daran interessiert sind, dass es weitergeht.

MEP Hazekamp sagte, dass es brutal und unmenschlich sei, was in Rumänien vorgeht, dass es den Vertrag verletzt, und dass die angewandte Methode keinen Einfluß auf die Streuner-Bevölkerung hat.

MEP Leichtfried sprach über die Antwort des EC, dass es keine Berechtigung habe, für das Wohl von Tieren einzugreifen. Er findet, dass der EC eingreifen muß, denn nur ein europäisches Gesetz kann für alle Tiere, nicht nur Streuner, einen Unterschied machen.

MEP Stefan Ek sagte, dass die Situation in Rumänien jeden Tag schlimmer wird, und dass die EU offiziell reagieren muß; er fügte hinzu, dass am 15. Juli ein Mitglied seiner Gruppe in Bucharest war und den Wagen des ASPA (öffentlicher Dienst für Streuner- Verwaltung) folgte, um zu sehen, wie sie vorgehen. Er wurde körperlich angegriffen von ASPA Angestellten.

Tierartzt-Beraterin Ms. Tomaszewska sagte, dass sie während ihrer Besuche in Rumänien (sie hatte an zwei EU-Delegationen teilgenommen) beobachtete, wie sehr die Erklärung des Bürgermeisters von Bucharest, Sorin Oprescu, sich von dem unterschied, was sie in den öffentlichen Heimen sah. Sie sprach auch von dem, was sie und die anderen Mitglieder der EP Delegation im Heim in Slatina erlebten; es gab kein Futter, kein Wasser, die Hunde waren wie Skelette, und Adoption war unmöglich. Die Mitglieder erwähnten auch die riesigen Budgets, die ASPA erhält.

Der Moderator erklärte, dass es allen bekannt ist, dass Menschen aus dem Ausland empört sind über die grausame Behandlung der Hunde in Rumänien, und dass dort ein starker Wille besteht, etwas zu unternehmen. Der Moderator fragte die Teilnehmer, was die erfolgreichste Aktion sei, die Leute im Ausland tun können. Alle MEPs stimmten überein, dass Leute von der EU „NEIN zum Tourismus in Rumänien“ sagen sollen, „bis das blutige Massaker gestoppt wird“, dass die EU handeln MUSS, und dass die Leute moralischen Druck ausüben müssen auf rumänische Behörden.

 

Ihr könnt das Rundgesprach hier sehen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmNmbGgEKjY

Gruppen von Tierschützern aus Deutschland, Österreich und Grossbritannien kamen nach Rumänien und folgten den Hundefängern des ASPA in Bucharest. Sie haben alle Teile gesehen: den Missbrauch der Tiere, den riesigen Einfluß, den die Misshandlung hat auf die Bevölkerung, die Grausamkeit und Korruption der Behörden. Nur zum Beispiel:

Ein Bericht auf englisch und auf deutsch über die gegenwartige Situation in Bezug auf die Verwaltung der Streuner in Rumänien findet Ihr attachment und hier:

Deutsch version: http://www.fnpa.ro/situation-der-strassenhunde-in-rumanien/

English version: http://www.fnpa.ro/stray-dog-situation/

 

 

 

 

 

USA: TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA TO STOP THE NAVY’S ASSAULT ON WHALES!

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Save Whales From deadly Sonar

 

Petition link:

 

https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=42827D810D047CE472DE280526AA039B.app304a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3531&autologin=true&s_src=EMOSONPETBGD0714BG1YRFU&utm_source=link&utm_medium=alert&utm_campaign=email

 

Further info:  http://www.savebiogems.org/save-whales-from-sonar/ 

TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA TO STOP THE NAVY’S ASSAULT ON WHALES!

 

The U.S. Navy is conducting exercises that could kill nearly 1,000 whales and other marine mammals during the next five years of testing and training with dangerous sonar and explosives. With one stroke of his pen, President Obama can end the Navy’s senseless attack on whales — without compromising military readiness. Urge President Obama to help secure his environmental legacy and save countless marine mammals from needless suffering and death.

 

Petition Wording:

 

Make Your Voice Heard!

Your message will be sent to:

President Barack Obama

Subject line:

Protect whales from deadly sonar and explosives

Dear President Obama

 

 

I was sickened to learn that the U.S. Navy’s use of sonar and explosives during routine training and testing continues to needlessly kill whales and dolphins. Just this April, beaked whales mass-stranded and died — for the fourth time — on the beaches of Greece during U.S. Navy joint exercises offshore. Over the next five years, the Navy itself estimates that its exercises along the Atlantic Coast and off Southern California and Hawaii could cause nearly 1,000 deaths and inflict thousands of cases of permanent hearing loss and organ damage.

 

I refuse to accept that this is the best your administration can do. Your Fisheries Service has pledged to do more to protect whales and dolphins from Navy activities. Instead it has authorized the Navy to inflict an unprecedented level of harm on marine mammals.

 

As Commander in Chief, you have the power to end this deadly assault on whales with one stroke of your pen. Please direct the Navy and the Fisheries Service to immediately put vital marine mammal habitats off-limits to sonar and explosives.

 

Don’t let your administration go down in history as the one that turned its back on whales and dolphins.

Please act now to protect them.

 

 

 

 

Argentina: Please Sign To Rehome Arturo The Polar Bear From Argentina Back To The Colder (and more natural) Climate Of Canada – Where Polar Bears Do LIve !

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Arturo, Argentina’s only living polar bear, lives in a place where temperatures regularly soar to 40 degrees Celsius.

Yet the Mendoza Zoo refuses to let him go to Canada.

Arturo

 

Arturo the polar bear lives in a concrete enclosure by himself at the Mendoza Zoo in Argentina.

Temperatures in the area can regularly soar to more than 40 degrees Celsius. — and Arturo’s only access to water is a pool roughly a foot and a half deep. Arturo deserves to live out his remaining days in a place where he can keep cool!

By polar bear standards, Arturo is elderly at the age of 29. And he’s lonely, too. After his companion died two years ago, Arturo has been experiencing signs of stress and even depression. He rocks back and forth in his pen, pacing and baring his teeth: signs, some animal behaviourists say, that he might be succumbing to mental illness.

So far, the Mendoza Zoo has blocked Arturo’s transfer to Canada’s International Polar Bear Conservation Centre as they say he is too old to travel. But this could be the bear’s only chance at a happy, healthy life.

Ask Mendoza to stop Arturo’s suffering and send him to Canada, where he can grow old in comfort and peace.

Arturo petition link

 

https://www.change.org/petitions/please-allow-arturo-to-have-a-better-life-in-the-assiniboine-park-zoo-in-canada?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=103165&alert_id=CGMnXXKwqY_Wsjm19W7NoTgwz48JpR4lH4U7LJuJ6MMt8pQndEhFu9%2BKVGN1iwE9J5dVMf0fluH

 

Petition by

Laura Morales

Hamilton, Canada

We plead for solidarity and sensitivity from President, Mrs. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, as well as that from Diplomats. We ask that you exercise your authority so the polar bear Arturo, who lives in deplorable conditions in the Mendoza Zoo, is moved to Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada, where a natural habitat and a better life are awaiting him. We plead that you intervene on this issue and ask the officials in Mendoza who have the polar bear Arturo prisoner to accept Arturo’s transfer to the reserve so he can live in suitable conditions. In December 2012, a polar bear died in Buenos Aires due to heat, causing unease in Argentina and in the international community. After this death, refusal to transfer Arturo causes scandal in the world and Mendoza is becoming sadly famous for this, exporting an image of a retrograde province. Say No to death and suffering! Help Mendoza be part of change, be part of the future. Help Mendoza go back to being good news to the world! Aditional information The Association of Zoos and Aquariums in its Polar Bear Care Manual dictates that “great care should be taken to monitor the interaction between high temperatures and high humidity”, “Techniques to raise or lower humidity within indoor and outdoor exhibits include …. pools in which the bears can swim.” As you can see, Arturo hasn’t been able to swim for 28 years. It also dictates in Article 1.3: “institutions must have a regular program of monitoring water quality for polar bear pools and a written record must document long-term water quality results and chemical additions (AZA Accreditation Standard 1.5.9). Monitoring selected water quality parameters provides confirmation of the correct operation of filtration and disinfection of the water supply available for the animals. Additionally, high quality water enhances animal health programs instituted for polar bears” As you can also see here, this seems to be non important to the Authorities in Mendoza, Arturo´s pool is fill with stagnant water.

 

Arturo’s shallow pool filled with stagnant water, as he is being freshened up by visitor.

France 24 International News on Arturo’s case

 

Serbia: Please Ensure You Sign The Petition Now Asking the Mayor of Subotica City To Cancel The Memorandum Regarding Animal Treatment – Petition Link Given – Please Crosspost.

 

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Subotica petition

 

Dear all;

We ask you please to give your full support to the work being undertaken in Subotica by NGO’s to help solve the problem of un-sterilised owned and stray dogs.

As we always say, sterilization and identification marking of stray animals is the first step to long term numbers reduction.  Just as important is public education – that owned dogs need to be sterilized by their owners, and they should not turn unsterilized animals out onto the streets every day to reproduce with non sterilized stray / street animals.

It would take little to introduce a public education programme showing that owned animal sterilisation is so important to te long term reduction of stray animals on the streets – animals which suffer terribly.

Please give your support to the following campaign – the petition can be found below.

Thank you – SAV.

 

Hi! Could you please sign/share/forward this petition:

https://www.change.org/petitions/jene-maglai-ponistite-memorandum-o-navodnom-resenju-problema-napustenih-zivotinja-u-subotici-cancel-the-illegal-memorandum-regarding-the-treatment-of-abandoned-animals-in-subotica 

On July 3,2014. a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation was signed between the city of Subotica and NGO “Anima Subotica” about solving the problem of stray dogs on the streets of this city. On this occasion, the Association for the Protection of Animals “Pets Are Worth Saving”, “EPAR – OIPA SERBIA / Alliance for the Conservation of Nature, animal rights and the rights of the people, and the Society for the Protection of Animals, “Alex”, Asylum Alex sent an open letter to the mayor of Subotica, the Minister of agriculture RS, Director of veterinary directorate, veterinary inspection and the general public pointing out certain shortcomings and incompleteness of this Memorandum which only seemingly solves the problem of stray dogs, without concluding and providing concrete ways for the long-term solution and elimination of the real source of stray dogs and cats.

We hereby request the cancellation of this Memorandum making it an illegal act because it allows the continuance of irresponsible owners and keepers of pets and illegal treatment of animals and public money.

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NEWS

Our request for cancellation of the Memorandum was on the news today. July 14, 2014 – Radio Subotica –

Transcript:

SOCIETIES FOR THE PROTECTION OF ANIMALS REQUEST CANCELLATION OF MEMORANDUM Association for the Protection of Animals “Pets Are Worth Saving”, EPAR Serbia, Alex and injured party citizens sent an open letter and the public request for the cancellation of the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the City of Subotica and the Association of Citizens “Anima Subotica”. The request states that the Memorandum is considered incomplete and they demand its cancellation, because it allows the survival of irresponsible pet owners.

“Anima Subotica” did not want to comment on the negative reactions of these associations, because they believe they work for the benefit of animals, they treat every animal taken off the streets, sterilize and manage to find a home for it and do not return it back to the street. They consider asylums or shelters are not a solution, but only sterilization, education, responsible ownership, punishing irresponsible owners, as well as mandatory micro-chipping.

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If they consider asylums or shelters are not solutions then why did they sign the Memorandum whose Clause 5 states “building shelters and improving conditions in existing shelters”?
The same Clause states “killing dogs in a humane way in accordance with the law”. We all know how public shelters kill their dogs in Serbia. We’ve seen lots of horror photos and we definitely wouldn’t sign that Memorandum. Would you?

Also there is nowhere to be found in Memorandum any word of punishing the irresponsible owners. That is why we are calling this Memorandum incomplete. Some parts are missing and some Don’t Benefit Animals At All!!

We Are Requesting Its Cancellation Now!!

Please continue to Sign and Share this petition. Thank you!! ~ Pets Are Worth Saving

Petition link:

https://www.change.org/petitions/jene-maglai-ponistite-memorandum-o-navodnom-resenju-problema-napustenih-zivotinja-u-subotici-cancel-the-illegal-memorandum-regarding-the-treatment-of-abandoned-animals-in-subotica

On July 13 EPAR asked the Mayor what he has done on this issue. July 17, 2014

Dear supporters,

Thank you all very much for signing this petition and giving your support to stray animals on the streets of Subotica.

On July 13 EPAR / Alliance for the Conservation of nature, animal rights and the rights of people sent a request to the Mayor asking him for a copy of the document to see what he has done on our request for the cancellation of the illegal Memorandum signed on July 3rd since we know there are no initial conditions for the fulfillment of this Act for the following reasons:

1. There is no legal asylum in the city Subotica which could shelter 900 animals abandoned on the streets EVERY YEAR by the irresponsible owners.

2. Euthanasia of the healthy pets as a measure to reduce the number of stray animal population is prohibited by Law and is punishable by up to three years in prison.

3. Without legal asylum in Subotica, transportation of captured dogs to other cities across Serbia is inconsistent with Law because other municipalities have the same problem with abandoned animals and irresponsible owners.

4. Re-homing of animals can not reduce the No. of stray cats and dogs because the rhythm of new abandoned animals far outweighs the rhythm of re-homed ones. By signing this Memorandum Mayor gave support to the illegal treatment of abandoned pets in Subotica and to the public money which will be used to carry out the illegal process at the expense of citizens and animals, but for the benefit of a small group of people.

** So far, the Mayor has not responded  

Please continue to sign and share this petition far and wide, through all social networks you use (FB, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc).

Thank you!

Petition link:

https://www.change.org/petitions/jene-maglai-ponistite-memorandum-o-navodnom-resenju-problema-napustenih-zivotinja-u-subotici-cancel-the-illegal-memorandum-regarding-the-treatment-of-abandoned-animals-in-subotica

– Thanks