#Romania NOT deserve to be a member of the #EU !! About this Holocaust in Râmnicu Vâlcea should all people be aware!!



Petition: The vice-mayor of Râmnicu Vâlcea: drop your plan to kill all homeless dogs after 7 days - it's unlawful!

This petition has been started by Occupy for Animals on 30th of August, 2013, after they had received a "cry for help" from local animal rescuers and organizations because Emilian Frâncu, the mayor of Râmnicu Vâlcea, intends to kill all dogs at the public shelter after 7 days if not adopted!


To the tourist eye, Râmnicu Vâlcea is a quiet, leafy city. Located at the bottom of the Carpathian mountain range, in central Romania, no one would guess this town’s secret(s), buried in its working-class neighborhood, Ostroveni.

There are two facets in the image of this quiet, leafy city, that Râmnicu Vâlcea would love to hide from you - you, the tourist or potential tourist:

the +/- 2,500 homeless dogs living on the streets, and the hackers!

You have to leave the boulevard that stretches across the city to end up in narrow streets surrounded by housing projects from the communist era, to start noticing that something’s amiss in this city of about 100,000 citizens.

Parked around those poorly constructed buildings erected during the Cold War dictatorship, there are expensive cars. Behind the wheel, youths between 20 and 30-years-old are proud of showing off a wealth that deeply contrasts with its surroundings.

Welcome to the hackers’ lair!

Râmnicu Vâlcea and its Ostroveni neighborhood, is nicknamed “Hackerville”. It is the world capital for online theft. Internet shoppers from all over the world have been had by the Romanian hacking network: French, British, Germans, Italians and mostly Americans. According to the Romanian police, around 80% of their victims reside in the U.S. "Last year, one billion dollars was stolen in the U.S. by Romanian hackers," says American ambassador in Bucharest, Mark Gitenstein.

Ramnicu Valcea is the nerve center of cyber-criminality and its reach extends to several continents. The phenomenon started in 1996 and had a snowball effect on the town. However, Romania waited until 2003 – pressed by the U.S. – to pass a bill against cyber crimes.

And then there are the stray dogs that you are not supposed to see...

And therefore - in year, in year out - and especially before the beginning of the tourist season, and like in almost all Romanian tourist towns, the unwanted, abandoned dogs are being rounded up the municipal dog catchers and thrown in their public shelters.

But homeless dogs, so called 'stray dogs', do not only disturb tourists, but also wealthy people...

There are at the moment between 250 and 300 dogs living in the public shelter Caini Valcea alone. There, out of the public eye, the animals are left to starve... And they would most certainly starve to death if there weren't all the dedicated animal rights activists and rescuers who feed them three times a week, at their own costs, while the money which is being paid by the municipality to feed the dogs "disappears" in unknown channels. The dogs are starving but the mayor doesn't allow the volunteers to feed them more than 3 times a week... go figure why!

This fate is not unique to the stray dogs of Râmnicu Vâlcea; in fact it is the common fate of almost all Romanian stray dogs who have the misfortune to enter such a public shelter, or publicly financed animal shelter, of which most are nothing less than illegal extermination camps run by untrained, poorly educated, underpaid and cruel shelter workers.

We know that, since the Romanian Constitutional Court declared euthanasia in the absence of clear medical criteria as unconstitutional on 11th of January, 2012, many public shelters, or public financed shelters run by dog-catching companies, simply let the animals die of thirst and/or hunger, or of the consequences of diseases and injuries (often inflicted during the catching) left without veterinary care. It is considered "to die of natural causes"...

Since the euthanasia of healthy animals is unlawful in Romania (according to Romanian Animal Protection Law 9/2008), many Romanian town halls find other "solutions" to get rid of the unwanted animals.

Before going into the matter, we need to classify 'euthanasia Romanian style' for our dear readers. 'Euthanasia Romanian style' has often nothing in common with the merciful and painless ending of an animal's life as practiced in western societies.

In the past, "euthanasia" in fact meant: poisoning, strangulation, being burnt alive, beaten to death or injected with magnesium sulphate, water, vinegar, paint thinner and other chemical substance...

Today, "euthanasia" means starving to death, freezing to death, or being left to die of the consequences of diseases, of injuries inflicted during the catching, or of unprofessional sterilizations left without veterinary care.

While some animal welfare legislation exists on paper there is no effect in the real life. Despite improvements of animal protection legislation, and the euthanasia being prohibited, in fact the stray dog management means the same illegal methods to catch and kill dogs, and the same public camps where the dogs are killed by starving to death...