Extermination of homeless animals, unprecedented in it scope and cruelty, spread in Ukraine early in this year. In the cities of Uzhgorod, Chernigiv, Rivne, Simferopol and Kremenchuk, mass killing of animals is done in an atrocious way, causing their terrible suffering %u2013 by shooting poison from pneumatic weapons. Adults and children become eyewitnesses to this cruelty, and it traumatizes their mentality.
An excuse for such flagrant, antihuman acts is single occurrence of rabies: in Uzhgorod, only ONE sheepdog was ill %u2013 moreover, it was domestic; in Chernigiv, a wild fox was found sick; in Simferopol, chickens were infected with poultry flu. However, rabies occurred in the past and still occurs sometimes in other cities and towns of Ukraine, and yet it does not cause mass killing of homeless dogs and cats.
Actions of local officials who made decisions to organize such slaughter are contrary to both international rules of law and effective legislation of Ukraine. All animals are killed %u2013 whether homeless or cared for, registered, vaccinated and sterile. Even home pets are shot %u2013 now and then before the very eyes of their owners. In that way local officials try to %u201Cresolve%u201D the problem of homeless animals in Ukrainian cities. Instead of building shelters and taking measures for sterilization of animals, as is the case in Europe, Ukrainian officialdom prepared for the miserable ones a terrible death.
Animal-protecting organizations and all conscious Ukrainian public appeal to international human rights organizations and to all people of goodwill for help!
P.S. Reports on the murderous deeds can be viewed in the Internet at the following addresses:
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