In August 2004 Romania ratified the European Convention for the Safety of Pets. In May 2004 Romania passed a law to prevent cruelty against pets. Owners are responsible for the welfare of their pets and their living conditions. In December 2007, moreover, Romania%u2019s Animal Protection Act was improved by additional legislation banning euthanasia of pets unless they suffer from a lethal illness. Also in 2007 the Romanian Senate voted for a law adopting a spay/neuter/release policy for stray animals which was meant to replace the customary killings of stray dogs and cats.
So far so good. Has anything changed then for pets in this most eastern part of the European Union? The answer must be NO.
The Senate%u2019s spay and neuter law is now blocked for more than three years by Parliament. Worse is even that most local authorities continue the killings despite the Senate%u2019s efforts to abolish them and contrary to all the conventions whatsoever Romania has signed and all the laws Parliament has passed before.
But now this endless story has got a new and crueler turn: After three years of wilfull blocking politicians in Parliament as well as those in its responsible committee for animal welfare want to solve the %u201Cstray problem%u201D %u2013 by a new round of mass killing!
Proponents of dog massacres seem to be well aware, that this is no solution to the stray dog problem in Romania, yet they seem to know as well that a lot of money can be made by it. A humane spay/neuter/release policy would only diminish the profits of those involved in the Romanian version of stray dog management.
Catch & Kill is a flourishing business, as law enforcing agencies are either corrupt or not interested in doing their work properly.
On the surface dogcatchers and their supporters in political office argue that aggressive dogs pose a threat to the public and have to be killed. They cite thousands and thousands of dog bites. They even produce victims %u2013 although without giving witness as how the bites occurred.
But more easily than those aggressive dogs do they get at puppies and the little friendly ones that are easy to catch. This has the double benefit that there is always an argument ready at hand. The %u201Cterror of strays%u201D may be used to perpetuate the killings of the friendly ones.
They always forget or deny that strays are always and ever a man-made problem, a Romanian-made problem in this particular case.
At present Romanian politicians discuss in Parliament a modification of the law blocked so many years. Local authorities shall be enabled to decide if their stray animals are to be euthanized. As there has been no control of strict enforcement of the animal protection law in former times, there will be now no control by Parliament or any other organization whatsoever, not even in written law.
%u201CEuthanasia%u201D in Romania rarely means a peaceful death by a lethal injection. It means being shot (at the best), stabbing, clubbed to death, electrocuted, strangling, starving and dying of thirst in an %u201Canimal shelter%u201D, the agonizing death by poisoning with whatever poison is at hand, burning alive if not dead by shooting, being thrown in pits and by whatever human depravity might else invent.
Until 2008 alone thousands and thousands and thousands of dogs have been killed in this way %u2013 notwithstanding laws which forbid cruelty to animals.
One has to take always into consideration that most Romanians are opposed to such atrocities. Politicians mainly of the Liberal-Democratic Party who work hand in hand with those that earn money from taking a life are at the forefront of this horrendous movement which will make Romania a slaughterhouse for strays.
We, the undersigned, ask the Romanian Parliament and the Romanian Government to pass the spay/neuter/release policy approved by the Senate in 2007 without any alteration to the detriment of strays, thereby sticking to the guidelines of the WHO and to the examples set by other countries in a similar situation. Moreover, to deal with those aggressive strays which pose a danger to the general public in a humane way worth a member of the European Union. And at last, to spend the money assigned to stray management to the welfare of strays and the education of the populace how humans and their pets live together best.
Thank you for taking the time to deal with this course.