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Petitioning Council of the European Union and 19 others

Mayor of Drobeta Turnu Severin: Don't kill the 577 dogs!

This petition was started by Occupy for Animals on 18th of October, 2013. 

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Soon Drobeta-Turnu Severin will enter history as the first Romanian municipality to implement the 'Slaughter Law' and to kill 577 dogs at once!

In an article published in the Romanian media on 16th of October, 2013, Mayor Constantin Gheorghe, stated that he would implement the 'Slaughter Law' allowing the 'euthanasia' of ALL animals who can be caught - including the gentle ones, the pregnant bitches, the puppies, the sterilized ones, the social ones, the community dogs who have never hurt anyone - after a '14-days-pre-slaughter-period' spent in one of Romania's death camps, and kill all 577 dogs that are currently held in the local public shelter. 

To justify such inhumane, morally repressive decision that makes the blood of any person with compassion and a slight sense for justice, chill in his/her veins, the mayor proclaimed that he cannot accept to pay more for the 'maintenance' of the dogs than for an old man in need, or for a child, all the while boasting that his town has got the stray animals issue almost under control; that, although there has been discord in this segment, he did not hesitate to do the job and that he believes that he "controlled the situation".

We think the mayor's statements -- his intention to kill so many animals and believing the situation was under control -- are quite in contradiction, but let's put logic aside. For now... 

As stated in the same article, according to the figures provided by the accounting service of the town hall, the municipality of Drobeta-Turnu Severin, spends between 1,200,000 and 1,300,000 LEI per year, ie around 100,000 lei per month on the 'maintenance' of the homeless animals. According to the logic behind the mayor's statement this would then be the amount that the municipality would spend to help people in need. 

We are afraid that the mayor's statement is nothing but the kind of propaganda, that aims at making the criminal acts of violence look lawful and acceptable to the public, but that he has no serious intentions in spending the money on the young or the elderly.

But we will see... We will not miss to contact the mayor in a few months and inquire, although also here, we have already doubts that we will even receive an answer because the mayor is known for fleeing when confronted with uncomfortable questions. So happened early this year, in May 2013, when Court Representatives, followed by journalists, visited the town hall in order to proceed to regular checks regarding the accountability of the municipality...

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To: The Mayor of Drobeta Turnu Severin, Constantin Gherghe

Copy to:
The Council of Europe
The President of the European Commission, Mr Manuel José Barroso
The President of the European Parliament, Mr Martin Schultz
The Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Petitions, Mrs Ermina Mazzoni
The Honorary President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals, Mr Carl Schlyter
The President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals, Mr Dan Jorgensen
One of the Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament's Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals, Mrs Daciana Sarbu


and to: different media representatives and different Romanian government officials

This petition was delivered to:
  • The President Ministry of Tourism
  • President AOR
  • President Romania Tourism
  • President ANSVSA
  • President AMR
  • President of the European Parliament
    Martin Schultz (President of the European Parliament)
  • The Secretary of the County Council
  • The President of the County Council
  • European Commission
  • Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Petitions
    Mrs Ermina Mazzoni
  • Honorary President of the European Parliament's Intergroup
    Mr Carl Schlyter
  • President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals
    Mr Dan Jorgensen
  • Eurogroup for Animals
    Mr Erler
  • President of the Council of Europe
    President of the Council of Europe
  • Media representative
  • Media representative
  • President of the European Commission
    Mr Manuel José Barroso (President of the European Commission)

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