UPDATE 06/04/2012 - this petition is now closed and has been replaced by the following, new petition - please SIGN URGENTLY!
Petition started by Occupy for Animals and ESDAW European Society of Dog and Animal Welfare
On March 31, 2012 and following an incident in which a man had been attacked by stray dogs, the mayor of Sofia has given order to hunt and kill all stray dogs who happen to inhabit this district.
All healthy, neutered and socialized dogs from the Malinova Dolina district in the country capital - Sofia are going to be euthanized as aggressive, as a reaction to the incident when in the same district an old man was attacked by aggressive dogs and is in a hospital in a serious condition.
Since there is no certified test for aggression in Bulgaria, and the aggressive dogs cannot be caught because they hide from people, unlike the socialized ones, the Mayor of Sofia - Ms Fandakova - has ordered all dogs that happen to inhabit the district, and who can be caught by the hunters, to be killed.
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the President of Bulgaria
the Prime Minister of Bulgaria
the Minister of Agriculture and Food
the Mayor of Sofia, Ms J Fandakova
EU-Commissioner John Dalli
the Bulgarian Members of the European Parliament
Bulgaria: don't kill the strays of Sofia!
Dear Government Officials of Bulgaria,
Dear Members of the European Parliament,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
we have learned of your intention to kill all stray dogs who happen to live in the Malinova Dolina district in the country capital Sofia, regardless if they are sick and/or aggressive or healthy, neutered and socialized. All dogs that happen to live in this district and who can be caught by hunters or dog catchers, shall be killed.
We are afraid that your intention is wrong on a number of levels including those moral and legal - they contradict European animal rights conventions and any adequate humans moral principles!
Your plans are not only contrary to the recommendations of the WHO (World Health Organisation) that states that TNR (trap-neuter-release) is the only proven method to control and reduce stray animal populations, but they violate also the following EU statutes, treaties and declarations:
- On September 22, 2010 a law was signed in the Strasbourg Protocol Room which dealt with the issue of animal protection within the European Union
- Although this law specifically targeted the humane treatment of animals used for experimental purposes, a previous European Union Treaty, namely the Amsterdam Treaty of 1997 dealt with "ensuring protection and respect for the welfare of animals as sentient beings"
- The protocol of the Amsterdam Treaty introduced "a clear legal obligation for the EU Community Institutions (Commission, Parliament, and Council) to pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals
- In addition to these, the Treaty of Lisbon and the European Parliament Written Declaration 0026/2011, adopted October 13, 2011, were initiated to further consolidate a concrete and lasting protocol for the humane treatment of animals by Union Member States. Bulgaria, being a member state whose MEPs have signed Written Declaration 0026/2011 in promoting humane treatment of animals including their population control is therefore legally bound by its statutes
- Furthermore, is Bulgaria a signatory of the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals (signed; May 21, 2003 – ratified: July 20, 2004 – entry into force: February 1, 2005)
This said, we implore you to put a halt to these cruel plans to kill all homeless dogs in this district and to abide by the above mentioned EU statutes calling for spay and neuter as a humane means of controlling over-population.