Animal rights activists filled the streets of Dusseldorf on Saturday for a FlashMob demonstration to protest the mass killings of stray dogs in Romania.
Volunteers from Pfotenhilfe-Europa stretched out on public streets to imitate the lives of the estimated 100,000 homeless dogs that wander every street in Romania’s capital city of Bucharest. Their cell phones rang non-stop to exemplify the campaign which is called, “Wake Up Europe.”
The activists handed out flyers to onlookers and got petitions signed that will be sent to the Romanian government.
The stray dog problem in Romania is in a state of crisis. The animals scrounge the streets for food while being hunted by dog catchers who are notorious for their cruelty. The government has repeatedly promised to implement protection laws and begin aggressive spay and neuter efforts, but has fallen short on enacting programs.
At this point the stray dogs are viewed as a threat by the Romanian public and many simply want them removed from the streets. Last week 230 dogs were rounded up and ordered to be euthanized.
Pfotenhilfe-Europa said they hoped the FlashMob demonstration showed their animal welfare colleagues in Romania that they are not alone in their fight.
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Photo from: Pfontenhilfe-Europa