Tuesday, September 10, 2013


The Romanian Parliament  has voted today, September 10, 2013, to kill all the stray dogs in the country, estimated from 40,000 to 60,000 in Bucarest alone, after a 4 year old boy was bitten to death by roaming dogs.
Between 2001 and 2007, 145,000 stray dogs were killed before the law allowing this massacre was declared unconstitutional.

Despite that bloodshed the number of stray dogs has continued to increase.  It is pure cruelty and stupidity to go down the same path, ignoring the unsuccessful past  lessons. Killing does not solve any problem. Spaying, neutering, sheltering and adopting those dogs are  the only humane, sensible and effective solutions. The death of the toddler is definitely an unfortunately incident. However, how many children are killed by traffic accidents in Romania? Following the same logic, is Romania going to abolish cars?
The problem of stray dogs started during the era  of the former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. He had moved large number of people from homes with courtyards  into apartment building where dogs were not allowed.  An unspecified large number of dogs was then abandoned in the streets and they have multiplied throughout the years.  Now the dogs are paying with their lives.
To kill hundreds of thousands of dogs because a human life was lost is preposterous. Something must be done, but the idea of killing should not even been entertained.  And to think that Romania is a member state of the European Union makes it even more unacceptable. It is a shame for Romania and for Europe.

Romania membership to the EU should be terminated.

Before coming into force, the wording of the law  must still be approved by president Traian Basescu, unfortunately favourable to the killing, although he has adopted three stray dogs. although he has adopted three stray dogs.

What can we do? Let’s spread the information throughout the net and ask the European Union Commission  ( more info at http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/members/index_en.htm) to put pressure on Romania to stop this insanity and to find solutions, suitable of  a civilized society, to the stray dogs issue.