A report by the animal welfare organization “VETO”
Many dogs and cats still live on the streets in Europe.
Even in Germany, the number of street cats is estimated at over two million.
Stray animals in Europe urgently need our help!
Their everyday life is determined by hunger, fear and disease.
Often their lives are characterized by fear, because not all people treat stray animals with respect. They are scared away, sometimes beaten and mistreated.
The hard life on the street is not the greatest danger for four-legged friends – in many countries the animals are caught and brought to killing stations.
In order to curb the population of street animals, many countries rely on killing stations. There they are cruelly killed.
Killing stations are a business: in many countries people earn their living by killing healthy animals.
Hungary, Romania, France and Spain are just a few of the countries in which street animals are deliberately killed – mostly very brutally, always undignified and senseless.
Killing the animals does not reduce the number of street animals, because for each dead animal another takes its place in the territory. An effective solution: castration programs.
Without the use of animal welfare associations on site, the countless baby dogs and cats would have no chance.
This is why we launched our six-week Stark fundraiser for street animals!
Animal rights activists in Europe tirelessly take care of defenseless street animals.
They take them into their care or take care of them safely at feeding stations. Medical treatment, educational work, castration projects and the placement of the animals are also part of their tasks.
Animal welfare organizations want to change people’s attitudes towards animals through education. With information stands in public places, they inform passers-by about the importance of castration.
In addition to the animal shelter animals as well as dogs and cats from private individuals who can register for the castration campaigns of the associations, as many street animals as possible are also captured, castrated and – if the situation on site allows it – released again after the castration and in theirs Territories supplied.
In order to be able to realize castration projects, medical accessories such as anesthetics, scalpels, bandages and hygienic rooms, such as a veterinary practice or a castration mobile, are necessary, as well as a veterinary team and veterinary specialists.
To make it easier for animal welfare associations, the experts often support the castration campaigns on a voluntary basis in their free time, so that personnel costs are eliminated and only the material costs have to be borne – every saving protects the association’s coffers.
The cost of neutering in Europe varies from country to country as well as within a country in different regions.
The examples of Romania, Greece and Germany illustrate the differences:
Dogs: While it costs animal welfare associations in Romania up to 70 euros to neuter a dog, the costs for the intervention can amount to 160 euros in Greece and up to 450 euros in Germany.
Cats: The veterinary bill in Germany for neutering cats can be up to 110 euros. In Greece it is up to 80 euros, in Romania up to 50 euros.
Castrations are effective, ethically justifiable, animal welfare compliant and responsible. The high number of homeless animals is falling without four-legged friends having to die for it.
Financial support for castration on the part of the federal states is rare.
In some countries, including Romania and Spain, instead, predominantly killing stations are generously subsidized in order to regulate the excessive number of stray animals in the country.
There they are cruelly killed.
But their torment does not begin on the day of the killing, but long before that.
Each animal is locked in a small cage, surrounded by loud barking and screaming from 25 other animals.
No attention is paid, apart from a plate of food which is pushed under the door of the kennel and a shower with water to rinse the excrement out.
The animals remain cooped up until they die and are usually not euthanized because it is too expensive.
They are often beaten to death or suffocated with a cheaper syringe.
However, this is not only contrary to animal welfare, it also demonstrably does not lead to a reduction in the number of four-legged friends.
In other countries, such as Italy, it is even more difficult for animal welfare organizations to castrate by law. Castrations on street animals may only be carried out there with the express permission of the municipality.
Animal welfare is a backbreaking job that pushes the mostly voluntary helpers to their limits.
But the effects of regular castration campaigns show that the work is worthwhile. They give courage and hope to carry on – which is urgently needed despite the first successes that exist all over Europe and for which the ones mentioned here are representative.
The association “Stray Dogs in Danger” e. V. in Romania proud of its ten-day castration campaign, during which around 400 dogs and cats were neutered in the animal shelter in May of this year, but notes at the same time that it is essential to continue now.
We, the VETO Animal Welfare association, specifically support animal welfare organizations that stand up for street animals, do educational work and start castration projects. 💪
And I mean…In Romania the killing stations are called “Killing Shelter” or “Public Shelter”.
Because the dogs in the public animal shelters are usually killed after a period.
Dog owners drop their dogs in the killing station when they no longer want them and dog catchers catch street dogs and bring them there. Food, water, animal keepers and euthanasia are paid for by the state.
But in order to maximize profit, there are killing stations that sell the food and medicines on the black market.
Because it’s cheaper, the dogs are burned alive. On average, a dog stays in the public animal shelter for 14 days until it is killed.
Old, sick or behavioral dogs are much more likely to be killed … If they don’t starve, die of thirst or are bitten to death beforehand.
Romania-Killing Shelter (Public Shelter)
In Spain, many dog owners simply bring their animals to the killing stations (called perreras) if they no longer feel like looking after them or they no longer fulfill their “purpose” (hunting, alarm system, children’s toys).
Perreras are run either by the state or privately and are part of the hunting sport for many people: the former hunting dogs are thrown away like defective toys.
In addition to the Spanish galgos and podencos, other dogs – and many cats – also end up in the perreras.
For all of them this terrible place is the end of their lives.
Killing Station (Perrera) in Spain-Puerto Real
In Hungary every municipality has the task of catching strays from the streets in order to control the disease.
The dealers take care of that.
They are then quarantined there for two weeks. If there is also an animal shelter parallel to the killing station, the dogs will be handed over to the animal shelter in whole or in part, depending on capacity.
If there was no alternative like this, the animals would be more or less brutally murdered, usually without anesthesia because it would cost extra, with T61 (a medicine used to put animals to sleep), which leads to respiratory paralysis and terrible convulsions and death . Some of the animals would also be shot.
If a dog is found in France, it must be “kept” for 10 days. If the owner does not bring his animal back during this time, the dog can either be killed or given to an animal shelter free of charge. Often the animal shelters are so full that they can no longer take in animals, or they can only choose the animals that can be easily transferred.
The “big blacks”, the “gray snouts”, the “incompatible”, the “hunting dogs”, the “list dogs”, all those who cannot tolerate the kennel, are the first on the killing list. (Source: Mediathek ARD / WDR: “Animals are looking for a home – France – law allows euthanasia after ten days”)
Every year between 9-11 million animals die in killing stations. That’s around 30,000 animals every day!
We live in a world where governments are banning plastic straws but funding the gruesome deaths of thousands of animals in killing stations.
If we called it crazy, it would be harmless.
It is legalized mass murder financed with our tax money, supported by corrupt governments and an unusable EU, which does not want to provide a responsible solution and justifies that … “Animal welfare is a matter of the state “.
We show solidarity and support for the animal welfare organizations that have committed themselves to this difficult but excellent mission … namely to save as many strays as possible from hunger, misery and the brutal end on a killing station.
My best regards to all, Venus
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