In just one night at a “shelter” on Botosani, Romania, approximately 220 dogs were killed, alleged to have contracted a disease called “punk”. However, there were many who said that the majority of the dogs were perfectly healthy. There are no medical records provided to prove this allegation of disease. When journalists approached the facility the next morning, they stated they were assaulted by the employees working there with bricks and water hoses, and then corralled into a room and forbidden into the facility. All the journalists could see were bags and bags of the corpses of the dead dogs, with blood-stained walls in the kennels, giving a clear indication that these animals were not humanely euthanized, but rather violently killed. In a video from Romanialibero.ro, the sight the journalists recorded that morning of the dead shelter dogs strewn about in plastic garbage bags heart-wrenching.
This is just one incident of the illegal killing of Romanian strays. Stories similar to this have been seen for decades, with dogs being sometimes improperly shot, poisoned and left to die in agony in full view of the living. This entire situation is an absolute outrage. You can view a video about this atrocity here and here. Beautiful healthy dogs and puppies brutally killed, and for what? It would appear the answer to that question is simple: Greed and corruption.
Flavius Barbulescu, the Director of the SPGA in Brasov, Romania oversees what has been described as an “extermination camp” for these dogs. This is done with the approval and assistance of the Vice Mayor of Brasov, Adrian Gabor, who is in charge of the stray dogs in Brasov. This sounds like a recipe for cruel mass slaughter, as the public will not be allowed any access whatsoever to this facility. Under Barbulescu’s supervision, over 30,000 stray dogs have been needlessly killed. Yes, that’s 30,000 innocent lives lost.
Now several government officials in Romania feel that all strays need to be legally exterminated in their country, and the Romnian Parliament members had been in the process this week of holding a vote to make that atrocity into law. Thanks to the concerted efforts of animal advocates from around the globe, the original attempt to hold the vote in secret was quashed. The next victory for the strays was when it was decided to put the vote on hold for 2 weeks for time to review it all. While not a total victory, at least for now the strays are not going to be legally annihilated.
It can be guaranteed that the greedy forces behind the movement to pass this law will continue to try to get it passed, since they are seeing only Euros and are blind to the helpless strays that will be murdered. The bottom line is that they only care about the money. Greed and corruption appear to be the top priority with many of them, but thank heavens for the voices of reason this week when it came time for the actual vote. It’s sickening and heartbreaking to all animal advocates who have been frantically attempting to alter the outcome of this vote and save those innocent lives to even think of defeat.
Sadly, most likely the illegal killing of these precious animals will still go on as before. So, while advocates can take hope in the recent postponement of the vote, much work is still needed to stop the illegal killing and to stop this proposed law from ever becoming a reality.
It’s almost impossible to wrap one’s brain around the thought that every single living and breathing stray dog and cat in an entire country could be killled legally. Just the thought of that is almost beyond comprehension. If ever there was a time for animal advocates to band together and be heard, this is the time.
There are numerous Facebook pages dedicated to saving these innocent lives. “Save the Romanian Strays” is one such page, along with “1,000,000 Signatures to Stop the Killing of 1,000,000 Dogs in Romania” is another. Incredibly devoted individuals are working tirelessly to try to save these precious lives and help them find sanctuary in other countries, or at the very least be treated humanely in their own. A site by Action for Romanian Animals (AFRA) has created a page entitled “Wall of Eurpean Faces – Our Message to Romania”, which is a collection of individual videos created by private citizens from around the world, stating their outrage at this horror for the Romanian strays. It’s a sad commentary about a country where helpless animals are treated with such cruelty and brutality and have their lives ended so mercilessly, all in the name of money.
Please help by taking a few minutes of your time to add your voice to help these innocent lives and demand that Barbulescu be removed from this office, that this “extermination camp” be shut down immediately and the dogs transferred to humane facilities where they can be adopted. You can find all of the contact information at the link indicated below. Also, please sign the petitions linked below to stop the plans to exterminate every living stray in Romania. This simply must not be allowed to happen.
These innocent dogs have no one except those humans whose hearts are open and who desire to help the voiceless victims of this type of barbarity. They have done nothing wrong and merely crave the love that all companion animals desire and deserve.
Click here for petition “1,000,000 signatures to stop killing 1,000,000 strays in Romania.
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