NOW #ROMANIA is OUT OF CONTROLl!! The Romanian Dog Massacre Begins
by Dr Rita Pal, independent Medical Journalist, former Psychiatrist and NHS Whistleblower, published in 'The Huffington Post' on 11th of September, 2013
The Romanian Parliament has ruled that all stray dogs will be killed if, after fourteen days, they remain unadopted. The strays' plight was discussed previously on the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/rita-pal/the-plight-of-romanian-st_b_3888654.html)
The Romanian Insider recently reported:
"The Chamber of Deputies approved the law which sets a two week day deadline for stray dogs in shelters to be adopted, following which they will be put down.City Hall, however, retains the power to delay the lethal injection.
The law passed by a majority of votes, with MPs from the Democrat Liberal Party (PDL), the Social Democrat party (PSD) and the National Liberal Party (PNL) all in favour of euthanizing stray dogs"
During the debates, the president of the Chamber of Deputies Valeriu Zgonea said none of the NGOs protecting stray dogs had filed a request to attend the vote.
According to sources, animal rights supporter, Senator Marinescu Marius, will now contest the matter at Romania's Constitutional Court.
Meanwhile, although the BBC reported Romanian protests in support of the dog cull , world-wide online protests against the cruel, non evidence based killing spree have gone unmentioned.
Social networks were bombarded with thousands of messages describing peoples' distress at the Romanian government's cruel decision. In protest, thousands have changed their Facebook profile page to show the bright red dog paw "Red Card For Romania".
One campaigner wrote:
"Today, the humanity of the Romanian people died. From now on the morality, conscience, education, civilization, logic and religion do not mean anything for this country. Yes, we live in it. Yes, we did everything we could to change the fate of stray animals: we have sterilized many animals, we gave hours of education in schools, we have created programs for the sterilization and microchip identification with low prices and even free for the stray dogs and dogs with owners, we noticed the police when we came across of a stray abandonment, we organized fairs adoptions trying to wake the people's consciousness up in order to adopt a stray and not to buy one, we have helped animal cases of cruelty or illness /accidents , we hardly have got the permission to spray/neuter and relocate the stray dogs from the authorities in some cities, and also we manage to adopt laws that force the owners of dogs and cats to sterilized and identify them by microchips ... Unfortunately all what we did not helped enough, that was even not considered as a way to control and stop the breeding of stray animals"Although local and international media imply that the Romanian public supports the cull, this is untrue.
The UK's National Canine Defence League [NCDL] wrote:
"Research carried out by Dogs Trust last year revealed that 87% of Romanians disagree with mass euthanasia and see it as an abhorrent practice while 50% of urban Romanian citizens would be willing to donate 1 Euro towards a humane initiative to reduce the street dog problem"
The European Parliament's Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals doesn't support it either, writing in a so-far unreported document .
"Your call for a systematic mass killing of strays goes against the will of the democratically elected Romanian MEPs. This is something which we consider as profoundly undemocratic and unacceptable in the European Union.
The Members of the Animal Welfare Intergroup undersigning this letter call on you not to promote the legalisation of systematic mass euthanasia of stray dogs. This will cause a horrible and useless massacre of dogs which goes against the values and objectives of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union"
The World Society for the Protection of Animals said in a statement:
"Todays adopted Romanian law for Euthanasia after 14 days, as the main tool to manage the stray dog population breaks a number of conventions including:
- Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty
- The European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals
- The Written Declaration 26/2011 by the European Parliament on dog population management in the EU - which clearly states that euthanasia, is not effective way of solving the problem"
Ruud Tombrock, WSPA Europe director said:
"The massive culling of dogs lacks compassion and defies values and respect for life we would normally expect from EU members. The European community has the task of protecting those values, and WSPA will rally all parties to act according and call for accountability of those who do not."
Clearly, Romanian politicians have discarded recommendations and a rational decision making process, acting instead on media-driven hysteria, without reference to the evidence in this matter. This reckless, haphazard method will now cost the lives of 64,000 stray dogs in Bucharest alone. Today, the decision affects voiceless, defenceless dogs. Tomorrow, perhaps the same approach will apply to vulnerable people - one aberrant event may be all it takes!
Now, campaigners world-wide - and particularly those on the ground in Bucharest - must steel themselves to face the needless killing of vulnerable dogs. Working tirelessly to find each dog their forever home, they feel powerless to save them from the impending massacre.
One campaigner showed me a picture of a lovely collie. The poster said "This is Flash, he was going to be adopted, what happened to the 14 day rule? Today, he was murdered by the country that breaks its own rules". K. Lunstrum wrote "Flash was going to travel to his new home in October, before he could be taken to a safe place he was found killed today" .
Bucharest is fast becoming a haunting reminder of Auschwitz, a death camp for dogs. Higher authorities in the European Union, bound in red tape, appear unable to prevent this massacre while we watch and wait powerlessly for it to begin - as each playful bark disappears, we ask ourselves, when did we elect politicians to kill the vulnerable?
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Please read Dr Rita Pal's original article in 'The Huffington Post' to have access to all the links: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/rita-pal/the-romanian-dog-massacre_b_3908009.html
Following the death of little Ionut, the four-year-old boy, who has been supposedly mauled to death by 5 stray dogs on a private, fenced property, more than 1 km away from the park where the grand mother had lost sight of him and his older brother, was followed by a campaign without precedent in Romania, and which, led mainly by Antena 3, hides INCREDIBLE POLITICAL STAKES AND INTERESTS! A campaign with an unimaginable visual and psychological pressure! ...A mediatic destruction which was never met before!
A continuous and intense campaign, full of lies, calumnies, accuses, unimaginable scenarios regarding the animal lovers, especially the NGOs, is undertaken by the televisions, especially by “Antena 3” (please, send protests to site.ro ). The animal welfare NGOs are merely „bastards who steal the state's money”, which have „turned rich by exploiting the strays problem”, which have „done businesses with the mayors for huge amounts of money”, „impostors, fake animal lovers, only ruled by their own interests”. The loss of credibility towards the NGOs has occurred and thus the people are starting to talk about the NGOs like entities for which the „truth” is only now surfacing. Fake statistics, images with „fearsome” strays, interviews with „terrorized” citizens, have fully occupied the TV broadcasts these days! Fake histories, forged documents are presented to the population!
For 10 days the televisions are debating and are hysterically yelling and screaming on the same subject! And ONLY on this subject!
But the case of the 4 year old child killed by dogs is more than blurry and strange. There are things in the official version that just don't add up and many people have started to ask questions and wonder. Even Romanian MEP Corneliu Vadim Tudor had publicly expressed doubts on the official version of the boy's death.
The child was found approximately 1 km away from the park and in order to get there he would have had to walk a highly difficult road even for an adult! Especially for a child!? He should have passed a steep and then pass homeless people.
If the boy had been mauled to death by dogs, he would have screamed. How comes that no-one has heard the boys cries for help although there are a couple of residential buildings and many many houses in close proximity to the place where the boy is supposed to having been killed?
A journalist and his team took the same "possible path" that little Ionut is supposed to have taken when he left the park. Already the first part of the "possible path" was very difficult for an adult and it took them more than one hour until they landed in front of a very high fence which separated them from the place where the little boy had been found. According to the journalist, a child would have had no chance to walk this path till the end and to even reach the fence. And: why would a child do it?
If it took an adult more than 1 hour walking, a child would need even more time, but let's just assume that the two children really managed to reach the place where Ionut was later found in one hour time.... Ionut gets attacked by strays, his brother runs back to his grand mother. He would have needed at least 2 hours only to make the 2 ways. But it is said that the grand mother left them unsupervised for about 45 minutes...
According to the journalist, the coroner had found little Ionut in the yard with his pants down...
Furthermore, the majority observes the attitude and behavior of the parents, which are constantly present in the TV studios, especially the mother who is awkwardly relaxed and untroubled. In order to counter-balance this relaxation, some journalists resort to shocking titles, by expressing their own suffering, by photos. There are more and more details which do not make sense and which do not fit the story. And the grandmother who lost sight of the child is not in any way legally accused or pursued, not even interrogated! On the contrary, the entire fault is attributed to the NGOs!!!
We have compiled the inconsistencies which have emerged days after the death of the little boy at the bottom of the following page and we invite you to read them, to watch the video and see the pictures, to read the different statements, and to build up your own opinion...
For information (in English) on the current situation regarding the fate of Romania's homeless animals, and the death of little Ionut, please visit:
For German, please see: http://www.million-actions.de/2013/09/08/hexenjagd-auf-rumaenische-strassenhunde-medien-und-politiker-rufen-zu-massenmord-an-hunden-auf/
Please read also the information compiled on our page 'Corruption, organized crime and stray dog business in Romania'. It will open your eyes as to the classic mechanism of siphoning off public money... How Romanian's tax payer's money goes down the drain - or better said: is being incinerated together with the dogs while the stray animal populations only keep growing!
The protests against the gold extraction by cyanide in Rosia Montana has brought 10.000 people in the streets, for 9 days. This is a protest without precedent in Romania but still the televisions only rarely present this subject. Nonetheless they are constantly debating the subject of the child killed by the strays!
While Romania's populace is occupied blaming and killing strays because of the tragic death of little Ionut - who was probably not even killed by strays - their Government is moving forward with their plans to give the go-ahead for the construction of Europe's biggest gold mine and to sign away Romania's most valuable natural asset!
After the project had been on halt for the past 14 years because of vicious opposition from anti-mining activists and the successive Romanian governments being reluctant to give the go-ahead amid such heated environment, the Romanian government approved a draft law last week that sets out a course for development of the mine, and which now needs to be approved by parliament which is set to vote on the project later this month.
Ex-culture minister and Democratic Liberal Theodor Paleologu agrees, saying, "The project is technically dubious, the law behind it is against the constitution because it ignores property laws as well as the interests of the Romanian state, and it has corrupted many politicians."
For information on Rosia Montana, Europe's biggest gold mine, please see: