Petition started by Occupy for Animals and ESDAW European Society of Dog and Animal Welfare
More than 50 Animal Wellfare NGO’s from Bulgaria, Holland, Germany and Switzerland want the resignation of Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Naydenov on account of “years of institutional languid attempts and lack of control” regarding the stray-dog issue.
In an open letter to the Prime Minister, the President and the Ombudsman, these Organizations want a Nation-wide Trap, Neuter & Return Program, as recommended by world-renown experts and the World Health Organization.
All information as to the background of this petition here:
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Minister of Agriculture and Foods
President of Bulgaria
Mayor of Sofia
The Bulgarian Members of the European Parliament
Minister of agriculture and foods
WITH COPY TO:
President of Bulgaria
Mayor of Sofia
All Bulgarian Members of the European Parliament
Subject: Take up your political responsibility and resign!
Dear Dr Naydenov,
having read the letter addressed to you by 50 NGOs from Bulgaria, Holland, Germany and Switzerland that want a Nation-wide Trap, Neuter & Return Program, as recommended by world-renown experts and the World Health Organization as well as your resignation as Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture on account of “years of institutional languid attempts and lack of control” regarding the stray-dog issue, having understood the points and accusations stated in the mentioned letter, that can also be read here http://arsofia.com/uploads/2012/04/open-letter.pdf, namely:
- For having 47% of the echinococcal disease of the EU here in Bulgaria – not in the cities where the stray dog population is the largest, but in rural areas where your National Food Safety Agency has zero control over the illegitimate cultivation, butchering and consumption of meat-producing animals;
- For refusing to work with experts and relying on populist and ineffective methods to solve the stray dog problem – thus increasing both corruption in the related authorities and risk to the health of the citizens;
- For having assimilated formidable amounts of money for the non-existent pet dog registry database, which should have been finished by the National Food Safety Agency back in 2008 and is still unusable;
- For not punishing one single person for abandoning their pet since the Animal Protection Act is in force – from 2008;
- For the fact that the Ministry of Agriculture neglects the recommendations both of the European Parliament and the World Health Organization on Trap, Neuter & Return as an only effective long-term way to solve a stray dog situation that also benefits public health;
- For not being at all concerned with the recommendations of the world-renown experts (invited to Bulgaria in 2010 by the Ministry itself) who suggested Bulgaria needs a National strategy on the issue. That is to say: Trap, Neuter & Return on a national level, coordinated by the central government and executed in a military manner in all Bulgarian municipalities;
- For having neglected the ombudsman’s standpoint on the issue. Mr. Konstantine Penchev sent his advice back in the beginning of 2011, insisting that the Ministry of Agriculture should be the one to lead a National Strategy: to help the municipalities by providing funds, legislation and coordinating a nation-wide Trap, Neuter & Return program;
- For refusing a public-private partnership on the issue, despite the many recommendations and good practices of the EU, and even rushing a bill through so that the NGO’s are excluded from the process;
- For deceiving the public as a veterinarian and a Minister in order to increase the tension in society, polarize opinions on the issue in order to avoid a constructive dialog and analysis of the weak, unmethodical and corrupt work of the municipalities and the ministry on the problem;
I would like to inform you that by signing this petition, I join these organizations calling for a nation-wide Trap-Neuter-Return Program which is the only proven method to reduce and control animal overpopulation, and that I expect you to take up your political responsibility and to resign as Minister of Agriculture and Foods.