Mr. Liviu Cocos - MAYOR OF PREDEAL
Adrian Ioan Vestea - MAYOR OF RASNOV
Representatives of the Municipality of BRASOV
Mr. Cocos, Mr. Vestea, Representatives of Brasov Council, Ladies and Gentlemen, MEP's:
Finally now, after months of this tug-of-war between your municipalities and animal welfare advocates it seems the decision on your part to do away, no matter what, with the unfortunate strays in Predeal, Brasv and Rasov, in preparation for the European Youth Olympic Festival in Brasov, has been taken.
What awaits these animals is not hard to guess, given the wealth of material collected by Romanian as well as German welfare organisations over years now. The German BMT particularly has been very active, and has for a long time – and unsuccessfully, it seems – lobbied for a Humane approach.
(Ladies and Gentlemen MEPs – I would ask you to remember the following information already sent to you on Dec. 17th 2012 by Mr. Johnson, of Kent/UK: http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2012/12/15/romania-exposed-dogcatchers-pocketing-eu-animal-welfare-provided-funds-for-themselves-why-animals-are-left-to-starve-and-die-the-eu-politicians-must-act/)
Our information, which no doubt is correct, is, that teams have already been sent out to collect strays wherever they can be found (to do what with them???). Indeed, as the animals are proven to be non-aggressive – and this is backed up by the local people – a reason for this rash action other than the EYOWF had to be found. People in the streets and local residents have been called upon by teams with prepared lists to put their signature on to demand 'the dogs removal because of their supposed, and entirely fabricated, dangerousness to the public'. Some have signed, many – seeing this for what it is – did not.
Locals have indeed approached the animal activists and started small initiatives in their area with desperate pleas to save at least the puppies from the dog catchers and the cruel fate that awaits them. If they are not inhumanely killed right out then they will, in all likelihood, disappear in certain holding facilities – lingering in mud, their own faeces, without food or care – dying a slow and agonizing death, forgotten and yet at the same time earning the owners of these facilities huge sums of money from the Romanian, and EU taxpayer’s pocket. This practice is well documented.
So: what will it be? Will you persist in flouting EU regulations on the Humane treatment of Strays by getting rid of these poor animals for yet another sporting event? I think we’ve seen way to much in recent years of this. Sport means fair play, and once again a hosting city of such an event must be reminded of its responsibility for the most vulnerable and helpless of its inhabitants.
So I remind you now. The animal welfare movement has learned a hard lesson during the Greek and Chinese Olympics, during the Ukrainian football EM in 2012, to mention the most prominent and worst “derailments” in that respect.
The butchers bill in all these cases has been no cause for pride for the hosting countries and cities, and stands as a lasting monument to the human moral and ethical responsibility towards the weakest, discarded, abandoned creatures, being thrown out the window by blind greed, ignorance and a sadistic brutality that defies description.
Will the names of Brasov, Predeal and Rasnov be added next to that list of failure? Is that what you want?
I would like to assure you that we have indeed learnt a lesson and you will, with no doubt, encounter the consequences, should you continue on this path. There is every support from welfare organisations and indeed the European Union for you to fall back on – offers have been and are repeatedly made – to solve the “stray problem” humanely. I demand of you to put aside your medieval approach that has NEVER worked in all these decades, as the numbers of animals in the streets clearly are a testament to!
Any more massacres will not be tolerated. It has to stop. NOW.