Stop Sealing Cats in Belarus Basements!

Thousands of cats are starving to death in Belarus basements that authorities have sealed to control rats. Their cries of hunger and thirst disturb local citizens, and one has admitted feeding the cats through small holes in the iron plates used to seal basements.

Elena Titova, leader of the animal rights organization Protect Life, estimates that 9,000 cats have been killed in Minsk alone over the past three years. The nation currently has no long-term animal shelters.

Blocking animals' access to food and water condemns them to a slow, painful death and is unconscionable. Authorities can find other ways to keep animals out of apartment buildings, such as installing one-way exits. Please sign the petition to tell Belarus authorities to stop sealing animals in basements!

We, the undersigned, are concerned that thousands of cats are starving to death in Belarus basements that authorities have sealed to control rats. Their cries of hunger and thirst disturb local citizens, and one has admitted feeding the cats through small holes in the iron plates used to seal basements.


Elena Titova, leader of the animal rights organization Protect Life, estimates that 9,000 cats have been killed in Minsk alone over the past three years.


Blocking animals' access to food and water condemns them to a slow, painful death, which we believe is unconscionable. We respectfully urge you to find other ways to keep animals out of apartment buildings, such as installing one-way exits. Blocking basements in a way that lets animals escape will keep them out of homes without harming them or disturbing local citizens. Thank you for taking the time to read and consider our petition.

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