STOP mass killing in #Romania !! Accountability is a vital deterrent to breaches of rights and criminal acts. Without it, a country becomes lawless, as can be seen in Romania's Stray Dog issue. Despite sporting cachectic dogs residing in inhumane conditions, Romania recently released its plans for spending EUR 43 billion of European funds in 2014-2020. The European Union, however, remains tight-lipped on the dark reality of Romania, perhaps hoping the problems will disappear.
Lack of accountability in issues of neglect, cruelty and torture of dogs is so out of control that the spotlight has fallen on the Animal Welfare Intergroup. Who are they? Their website states as follows.
The all-party Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals was created in 1983 in the European Parliament to discuss European and international animal welfare and conservation issues and, where appropriate, take initiatives which can lead to legislation"
Observant readers will find the name Daciana Sârbu (S&D, Romania) in their list.
In the absence of declared potential conflicts, nobody would guess that this lady is the wife of the Romanian Prime Minister, Victor Ponta. He was involved in instigating the legislation that enables unadopted stray dogs to be killed after 14 days - on 10th September the Lower House of the Romanian Parliament voted GEO 155/2001 to legitimise a 'catch and kill' policy for all homeless animals.
WHILE PONTA'S WIFE IS PART OF THE ANIMAL WELFARE INTERGROUP, CAN WE EXPECT ANY ACTION FROM THEM OTHER THAN WELL-CRAFTED, POLITICALLY SWEET LETTERS? PROBABLY NOT.