Romania, Carmen Arsene: send your protest letter please!
Oct 3, 2013
From Carmen Arsene, Romania:
As most of you already know, the Constitutional Court decided on September 25 that the law regulating mass euthanasia is constitutional. By this decision the Constitutional Court has contradicted its own previous decision fromJanuary2012 (whereby it regulated that euthanasia may be applied only as a last method, only after the authorities have applied all solutions, correspondingly, and such solutions had failed to reduce the number of the strays on the streets or to eradicate the strays situation).
The Constitutional Court has proved (together with the Parliament, Government and President) to lack verticality in favor of the abuse of power.
In the same day, the President has promulgated the law!
The dogs may now be put to sleep and the representatives of the NGOs are not allowed to even be present!
The Sanitary Veterinary National Authority and the VeterinaryCollege – institutions which in any other country other than Romania fight and defend the welfare and life of the animals (in Romania these authorities act against the interests of the animals) – are not strangers to this situation. The VeterinaryCollege has introduced in the law the fact that euthanasia must be done in compliance with the Euthanasia Code which was drafted and issued by theVeterinaryCollege!
Thus dogs may be “euthanasied” with also carbon dioxide, carbon oxide, potassium chloride, nitrogen, electric shocks, penetrating capitive gun – cruel methods non-acceptable in EU
The Sanitary Veterinary National Authority has banned from the law the right of the NGOs to assist at the euthanasia of the dogs from the shelters!
This law which legalizes mass euthanasia of the dogs does not only severely breach the human dignity and the physical and psychological welfare of the Romanian citizens but any ethical and European norms regarding animal protection and management!
As you all know, this incredible war against the strays has been started by the case of the 4 year old boy, which was presumably killed by strays. From the moment the facts were presented in the way that Ionut was killed by 5 stray dogs, without any type of investigations, without any type of evidence, without any verified information. A large variety of essential arguments and evidences have appeared and they continue to appear, which clearly indicate that this case was willingly fabricated. However the press and media ignore them all!
We intend to start claims with the European Court for Human Rights, Venice Commission, European Court of Justice, nonetheless all these procedures will take time and will not stop the massacre now!
We intend to start legal actions in Romania as well and to contest in court the legality of the Euthanasia Guide, however, these actions will take time as well, and the former experience and background clearly show that correctness and justice are not winnable in Romania.
All these procedures may have effects later on, nevertheless we need solutions NOW to stop the massacre! TODAY STARTS THE COUNTDOWN OF THE 14 DAYS!
For the moment, the only real chances of the dogs are your actions, the actions of the officials and authorities in your countries as well as the recommendations of the European Parliament and European Commission. Therefore, related requests and claims with these two European institutions are extremely necessary.
Romania breaches the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals ratified by Romania in 2004, namely Article 13 – “Exceptions to the principles laid down in this Convention for the capture, the keeping and the killing of stray animals may be made only if unavoidable in the framework of national disease control programmes”. In this respect, any citizen of the EU may file a COMPLAINT TO THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIESconcerning failure of Romania to comply with European law, thus of the Convention (you can download that form in your own language from the link: http://ec.europa.eu/eu_law/your_rights/your_rights_forms_en.htm)
Mass killing is simply not the answer and is totally unacceptable in the civilized world of today.
MASS NEUTERING is the only LONG TERM solution for the decrease of the stray dogs phenomenon, as it aims to the source of the problem.
Law 258/2013 regarding the mass euthanasia of the dogs is against the provisions of the European Convention ratified by Romania, it clearly contradicts the European norms regarding animal protection, it is contrary to all the conclusions of the studies performed by specialized institutions as the World Health Organization (WHO) that concluded that dog slaughter has no result on the dog population in the street, it is contrary to all conclusions and results deriving from the mass euthanasia and killings in Romania, it is contrary to all results obtained in Oradea, Lugoj, Cernavoda and in other countries where “catch, neuter and return” projects lead to the positive, almost complete solution of the abandoned dogs situation!
The law regarding the utterly cruel, sadistic mass injuring and killing of defenseless, sentient, abandoned dogs destroys morality, human dignity, and it gravely affects the physical and psychological welfare of the society.
It denies the right to physical and psychological integrity and wellbeing, of humans who are against this, and animals.
We ask the President, the Government, the Sanitary Veterinary National Authority, the City Halls to be humane, show morality and positive ethics, wisdom and common sense, and to prevent the implementation of a monstrous law, not dignified for the present century, and which will NOT lead to the resolving of the abandoned dogs problem.
We ask the European Commission, European Parliament to take in a decisive and strong position and to make use of any legislative possibilities in order to stop this horrific, barbaric massacre, poisoning, clubbing, sabering, starving of the dogs in Romania!
In case the authorities in Romania persist in abusing their power like the Constitutional Court has done by adopting a decision contrary to its previous decision in 2012, persist in pursuing reprehensible decisions, persist in demonstrating brutal and immoral behavior, continue to apply aggressive and corrupt actions, all part of a program for implementing a horrible massacre and which is in contradiction with the civilization degree which Europe has reached:
WE REQUEST THAT ROMANIA IS EXCLUDED FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION!