*Update: On 28/8/10, a 3 month old puppy was found skinned alive in a rescue center as a symbol of protest against the animal rights movement in Bulgaria! More info here: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-485897 It's getting far worse, please sign and forward this URGENT Petition!*
On March 26, 2010, a dog named Mima was found tortured, all her 4 legs brutally mutilated apparently over an old conflict between neighbors. Currently, animal cruelty is not a crime in Bulgaria. Thousands of their citizens protested and a proposal for a new law was sent to their Parliament to vote on.
As months progress, the situation in Bulgaria is getting worse. Animals and their advocates are now the target of more abuse from those who are angry of the attention their cause has received since Mima's story of unimaginable torture came to light. A popular "journalist" who used his TV show as a platform for hate speech, even had a guest showing techniques on how to poison strays. And now most recently, the Mayor of a town called Pernik, has ordered the poisoning of strays- absolute massacre of dogs, including those in the municipal shelters!! Some of the recent atrocities throughout Bulgaria, in addition to the daily poisoning and random shooting of strays by maniacs at large: a kitten's head was decapitated, more dogs being hung from a bridge or a tree, another mutilation case- most recently, a very young puppy, an 80 year old woman who was caring for stray cats was assaulted by her neighbors. When animal lovers report these atrocities to the police, they're either apathetic or they laugh it off.
On July 2010, the Parliament vote result for incriminating animal cruelty was a 9/9 split. The majority party is expected to turn it down! The final voting was supposed to take place in September but months later, we still have no news. To add more outrage, Bulgaria's court ruled to dismiss Mima's case on the grounds that they can't prove a human mutilated all her 4 legs! A mockery!! We can not let Mima's anguish be done in vain. The government's inaction clearly shows that it is not listening to its people and international pressure is the only hope! Please sign and share this petition which will generate the pre-written letter below. This message will automatically be emailed directly to each of the targeted Bulgarian officials' inbox. BOYCOTT BULGARIA, its tourism and all products made in Bulgaria until its government does the right thing and join the rest of the civilized nations that have criminalized animal cruelty long ago!
Photo Album, Bulgaria's treatment of animals exposed:
MORE WAYS TO HELP:
-Here's a link to Bulgarian Embassies abroad: http://www.buldir.com/bulgarian_embassies_abroad.html You can send your own message (or copy the petition letter) to the embassy in your country. Mention BOYCOTT!
-Download our Flyer and post them everywhere: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4405620&l=54efcf376c&id=622515628
-Join our Facebook Group- Justice for Mima: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=104654392906259&ref=ts
Thank you for speaking for Mima, Jessy, and all the animals abused in Bulgaria. At this very crucial time, we need ALL our voices heard even louder!
What civilized society allows this type of barbarity and corruption? More recent cases of heinous acts throughout the country, in addition to the daily poisoning and random shooting of strays by maniacs at large are as follows: a kitten was decapitated- its head displayed on a fence of a schoolyard, more dogs being hung from a bridge or a tree, more mutilation cases, and most recent, a 3 month old puppy was skinned alive in a rescue center as a protest against the animal rights movement in the country. Many animal rescuers are also target of abuse such as the case of an 80 year old woman caring for stray cats, was assaulted by her neighbors. When animal lovers report these atrocities to the police, the officers are either apathetic or make it a mockery. It's appalling that this goes on in an EU-member nation!
We expected the Government of Bulgaria to turn Mima's tragedy into something good; to finally protect the animals and pass the proposed law making animal cruelty a crime. In addition, we hoped for humane education, spay/neuter programs, and that the corruption and barbarity that goes on within the isolators in Bulgaria (especially in Plovdiv), would be cleaned up and turned into humane shelters. It is very frightening to see that the government is going in the opposite direction. First, Bulgaria's court made a mockery of Mima and all humanity by dismissing Mima's case on the grounds that they, "cannot prove a human mutilated all her 4 legs." I can't fathom this illogical rationale! To add, the Parliament's last vote to incriminate animal cruelty resulted to a 9/9 split and the majority party is expected to turn it down this September. Why?! All animals suffer and feel pain just as we do and laws must exist and be enforced to protect them.
We urge all lawmakers to please pass the proposal and protect the animals and all citizens of Bulgaria. There is a proven link between animal cruelty and human violence. Anyone capable of such sadistic behavior to an innocent life will only escalate. First a dog, next a child. Although animal abuse knows no borders, civilized societies have laws to protect them. Animal Police is present to enforce the law and the perpetrators are punished with jail time and fines. Currently, these sadists will continue to torture and terrorize simply because they CAN. Please see report from the New York Times, among many other sources: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/us/18animal.html
As citizens of the world, we will call on everyone we know to BOYCOTT BULGARIA, its tourism and all products made in Bulgaria until its government does the right thing and join the rest of the civilized nations that have criminalized animal cruelty long ago.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ~Mahatma Gandhi