Dear Sir, Madam, To whom it concerns:
Romania violates the European Convention for the protection of pet animals which was ratified by Romania in 2004, namely Article 13 - "Exceptions to the principles laid down in the Convention for the capture, detention and killing of stray animals can not be accepted unless they are inevitable in disease control programs."
In this respect, any EU citizen can make a written complaint to the European Commission concerning the failure of Romania to compliance with Community law, namely the European Convention for the protection of pet animals.
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.
The law no. 258/2013, just adopted, regarding the mass killing of 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, Geneva) 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” lead to the almost complete eradication of the strays situation.
The law regarding the mass euthanasia destroys morality, human dignity, it gravely affects the physical and psychological welfare of the society and it denies the constitutional right to physical and psychological integrity.
We ask the President, the Government, the Sanitary Veterinary National Authority, the City Halls to show morality, 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 problem.
We ask the European Commission, European Parliament to have a decisive and strong position and to make use of any legislative possibilities in order to stop the massacre of the dogs in Romania.