Stop the killing of stray dogs in Romania!
Early this month, President Basescu urged the legalization of mass killing of street dogs in Romania as a reaction to a child’s death. Just a few days later, on September 10, the local governments acted immediately, killing countless street dogs and starting a widespread campaign to reach hundreds of thousands more in the coming weeks.
This campaign hides behind the façade of “public health” but killing campaigns have been proven to be not only inhumane, but completely ineffective in population or disease control over the long term.
The Romanian government has killed more than 100,000 dogs using public funds. Despite attempts and offers to assist the Romanian government on this issue, they proceed with the killing of any dog in sight as a means of street dog control.
The suffering of these animals is completely unnecessary. Please urge Romanian local authorities to reject these senseless culls.
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I am aware that management of street dogs is a challenge,
but killing street dogs is not the answer. However, many proven solutions deal
with this in a scientific, humane, and effective way.
Romania, as an EU Member State, has an obligation to
abide by the guidelines of humane animal management. This recent decision to
kill street dogs is in direct defiance of those guidelines and creates
reactionary policies that have no long term impact on the street dog
population. Senseless mass killing of innocent animals in the 21st century will
mark Romania in a negative light within the international community and prove
to be long term detriment to the country’s image.
The Parliament made a hasty decision based on emotion,
not science, and a review of the decision should be called for immediately to
discuss the many proven solutions on humane population and disease management
programs currently implemented worldwide on this issue.