Places of death: the suffering of dogs in Romanian animal shelters
With around 600,000 dogs without a permanent home, Romania is the country with the most homeless dogs in Europe. Thousands of these animals end up in urban facilities and killing stations every year, where they are subjected to massive suffering.
AS A GENERAL RULE
In September 2013, Romania took the death of an unsupervised toddler in connection with the (alleged) street dogs to implement a law that contradicts the Council of Europe animal rights convention and many animal welfare laws, which is controversial even in Romania.
The goal was: to solve the “street dog problem” by capturing and killing.
Another goal was to catch political voices.
The real goal is and was: to legally put public money aside and share it with each other.
The law, approved by the Romanian Constitutional Court in December 2013, allows the animals to be brutally caught using snares and dogs to be put to sleep if they are not adopted within 14 days.
During this time they often have to live next to carcasses and rubbish.
Still, these facilities are a rewarding business for a number of unscrupulous people.
There are two types of facility in Romania that house captive dogs: killing stations and urban animal shelters. The incredible suffering of the dogs caught in these facilities is difficult to put into words.
“Euthanasia” in Romania is not comparable to the pain-free sleep of Western European pets.
The dogs suffer from hell agony, they are simply slain or sprayed dead with chemical substances that are extremely cruel in their effect.
Injection of gasoline in the heart, antifreeze in the veins …
Their death is not a gentle slip into the hereafter, but always a death full of fear, characterized by pain, suffering and deprivation.
The law legalized the street dog as a source of money – this was also one of the reasons to whip the law. The funds shown in the city budget are now shared between officials from the authorities and those who receive those lucrative contracts for street animal management. Paper is patient. And the dogs are silent. They are starving. And they die.
In some Romanian cities, bounties are paid for every dog brought to the state shelter. Dog catchers even have dogs stolen for money in order to meet their quota. Corruption is blooming on the backs of the street animals and a sustainable business has developed that can use an almost infinite number of dogs as starting material, if the only really working solution is not used.
A national castration campaign for animals with owners and for street animals to stop the incessant offspring. Education about animal protection = human protection in schools, in the media and in public space
And I mean…As soon as we bring up the subject of Romanian strays, there is always the same hate slogan: “Romanian children die, Romanian people suffer, but the misanthropic animal rights activists worry about the dirty street dogs”.
Yes, exactly! we care about them too!
Animal welfare is not just loving and saving animals, it has become a political issue.
Politicians in most European countries go over dead bodies when it comes to animals. And that’s what it’s all about in Romania. About an industry that blooms with the cruel death of helpless stray dogs.
In Romania it`s about 600,000 strays, 600,000 individual fates, 600,000 dog lives that are in danger every day or mistreated every day.
In 2007, the Romanian government considered a law that would have introduced state-wide castration projects. The EU even gave subsidies of € 4.2 million for 2013 alone. Instead of using them wisely to solve a major problem, these funds have been lost (and still are) in the corruption swamp and in dog catcher`s business. Until today has nothing changed!
The nature of the killings remains a state secret. There is talk of gas and electricity death. Nobody is allowed to watch it.
The public should remain in the dark.
And this despite the fact that castration projects in Romania are having a great effect.
In Oradea, for example, the number of stray dogs fell from initially 5,000 in just 6 years of project work to 300.
In Lugoj, where the mayor is behind the castration project, a population of 2500 street dogs was reduced to 250 in just 3 years. And without killing a single dog.
It is not a feat to kill defenseless dogs and cats using medieval methods, but a perverse action by the corrupt Romanian government!
This was proven in the previous year with the fall of 70,000 sheep from Midia to Kuwait.
As soon as the EU stops the flow of animal welfare subsidies for Romania, the problem can solve itself or at least fewer and fewer criminals will take part in this business because it is no longer worth it.
My best regards to all, Venus