To: Mr Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council
Dear Mr Rompuy,
Please help to stop the killings of homeless dogs in the Mediterranean countries like Spain and Greece, and in the Balkan countries, Ukraine and Russia. Those countries within the EU should be made to obey the spirit and letter of EU ratified treaties and conventions immediately or face heavy sanctions. Those countries applying for EU membership (like Serbia) should be required to comply first before being allowed into the EU. Those countries outside the EU but in close association with the EU should be required to show that they respect the spirit of the EU with respect to treatment of animals, or face embargoes and trade sanctions and denial of closer links to their economic benefit until they do.
According to Europe IFAH there are In Europe there are:
64 million cats
60 million dogs
8 million ornamental fish (number of aquaria)
39 million cage birds
24 million small mammals
70 million homes in Europe have pet animals !!! We are a HUGE COMMUNITY!
Dea Pet Owners:
DOG AND CAT LOVERS OF EUROPE, YOU ARE BIG ENOUGH A COMMUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. YOU CAN ASK OUR LEADERS TO CHANGE THE TERRIBLE CONDITION OF HOMELESS PETS IN EUROPE AND HELP TO MAKE IT HAPPEN ! REMEMBER, POLITICS IS PARTLY A NUMBERS GAME. ENOUGH VOTES AND OPINIONS AND THE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP WILL THEN TAKE IT SERIOUSLY AND ACT INSTEAD OF ALWAYS PUTTING MONEY FIRST. TOGETHER, WE WILL CHANGE EUROPE FOR THE BETTER. WHEN WE SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF CRUELTY AGAINST PET ANIMALS WE WILL MAKE A MAJOR STEP FORWARD TOWARDS REDUCING VIOLENCE TOWARDS HUMANS IN OUR EUROPEAN SOCIETY. THIS IS THE MEANING OF CIVILIZATION AND QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL. WE CANNOT ALLLOW UNCHECKED CRUELTY TO COMPANION ANIMALS AND NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THIS ALSO AFFECTS OUR HUMAN SOCIAL CONDITION BECAUSE THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE IS THAT IT DOES.
Every day in a huge part of Europe and Russia, specifically in Serbia, Bosnia, Albania, Romania. Bulgaria, Moldova, Greece, Ukraine and Russia, thousands of former pet dogs and descendants of pets are tortured, starved, run over by vehicles, beaten and murdered by poor quality injections without proper preparation. As you can see from this list, it includes countries which are in the European Union. In addition, Spain (where I live) and Greece are among the worst offenders, taking no responsibility for homeless dogs and cats, systematically persecuting them, ignoring acts of horrendous cruelty widely reported in social media and the press, and allowing thousands of pets to end up murdered in kill pounds. In Spain it is normal NOT to neuter pets as the culture generally regards this as "interference with nature", yet the local administrations here are happy to persecute people who feed, neuter and support homeless cats and dogs and to take them away to pounds to be killed, often starved and euthanised with sub-standard injections resulting in great pain. Apparently this "interference with nature" is okay.
Do not think that in the case of the Balkan countries, Ukraine and Russia, acts of cruelty and murder of dogs and cats, but particularly dogs, are mere random acts by a few people : the entire populations of these countries are abusing and murdering these innocent animals whose only crime was to lose their homes because of irresponsible owners. It is, in fact, a culturally sanctioned persecution of dogs on a massive scale and hatred of homeless animals is endemic in these countries. How are we going to have an integrated, peaceful and civilized Europe if we allow this to go on unchecked? We will not, and the leaders in Europe must do something about it, which is why I am writing to you, Mr Van Rompuy, because I believe that with your support we can change things.
.Man's Best Friend, the domestic dog, has been bred for twenty thousand years to be our intelligent companions and loyal friends, yet how do we repay them? If we Europeans consider ourselves to be civilized, we must stop this!
The European Union is ignoring the Lisbon Treaty of 2009 and the older but excellent European Convention on Pet Animals of 1987 and doing nothing. In fact, the EU Commission has de-listed companion animals for protection and my information is that members of the European Parliament who are being approached by grassroots organizations and individual members of the public to try and turn this horrible state of affairs are not taking much interest. This means IN EFFECT, so far as I and other members of the public can see, that the EU administration is content for individual countries to behave as they wish towards dogs and cats, however cruelly, by ignoring the breaches in the spirit of EU ratified conventions on treatment of animals in general and companion animals who have lost their homes in particular.
Also, the EU is blatantly ignoring the record of countries outside the EU and who have applied for EU membership and all the business and investments rewards such membership brings, not to speak of improvement of international status, without regard for its humanitarian record which includes treatment of animals. The EU must be aware of extensive research, particularly in the United States, which shows that animal cruelty, if habitual in society, leads to normalization of extreme violence against humans, that children exposed to such violence against animals in the street are psychologically affected in various harmful ways and is against their human rights, as well as the animals themselves being denied their rights.
De-listing companion animals from EU protection directly contravenes the spirit and the letter of the Lisbon Treaty 2009 and the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals which goes back to 1987. The latter shows that the EU has had ample time to consider implementing protection for pet animals who have lost their homes owing to accident or irresponsible pet owners and have done nothing.
Outside the EU, countries are asking for EU membership without any concern for humanitarian complaints about the companion animals because these countries are systematically and culturally cruel to homeless animals and know that the EU is so far not interested in requiring them to respect EU laws and conventions. For instance, in Serbia, the government officials are colluding corruptly with dog shelters to capture, starve, beat and kill homeless dogs using taxpayers' money and in direct contravention of Serbia's own animal protection laws.
Inside the EU, for instance in Romania, it is widely reported that the president himself is currently organizing the mass murder of all Romania's street dogs, blaming dogs for the killing of a child, although evidence is mounting that the child was killed by humans and it is being covered up. If such a proceeding was used against human beings, it would be on a par with the Nazi genocides of World War Two. The condition of street dogs in Bosnia, in Russia and other places are too horrible to be described.
Small grassroots volunteer groups are desperately trying to rescue dogs from gross and systematic persecution. These are not "wild beasts" they are PETS WHO LOST THEIR HOMES, terrified, hungry, ill, lost in a hostile world of murderous humans. This is not over-dramatising; it is a fact. At least farm animals, despite their continuing bad condition and constant threats of regression to large-scale factory farming, are under EU scrutiny. Pet animals in irresponsible homes and, even worse, on the street, have no protection at all.
I would request you to please take note of my campaign with the public as follows:
I am asking the public all over Europe to :
1. Please sign this petition and share on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking media. I want to collect at least 2,000 signatures - that is less than 0.4 per cent of all the homes in Europe that have pets but in fact represents a much, much bigger percentage of public opinion - and then I am going to the European Council, the European Parliament and Commission and to the international animal welfare organizations about this to demand changes in European law. Companion animals have been left out of the active concerns in animal welfare systematically and deliberately despite widely ratified treaties and conventions and this is intolerable.
3. START A GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE DOGS IN YOUR LOCAL AREA, VIA YOUR LOCAL VET CLINIC. Meet other dog lovers and exchange information about what is happening in Europe!! Get together on the internet, via Facebook and Twitter. With people getting together locally all over Europe and networking, WE WILL START A MOVEMENT!
I am just an ordinary individual like yourself but I support the work of the grassroots organizations.
I BELIEVE THERE IS LITTLE EVIDENCE THAT THE BIG ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS ARE DOING MUCH ABOUT THIS PROBLEM. THAT'S WHY I KNOW THINGS WILL NOT CHANGE UNLESS THE PEOPLE OF EUROPE WORK TOGETHER AT THE GRASSROOTS.
I will use the support to lobby the national governments outside the EU that aid and abet these humanitarian crimes against homeless dogs and cats and I will demand that the EU does so.