This petition was started by Occupy for Animals on 1st of November, 2013 and is addressed to Mrs Lia Olguty Vasilescu, the Mayoress of Craiova, responsible for one of the worst public shelters in Romania. Yet Madam Vasilescu dreams of her town becoming the European Capital of Culture in 2021...
The letter which you can read below and of which copies will go to the local media as well as to the EU, explains the object of this petition.
For further information, including pictures, please visit: http://occupyforanimals.wix.com/romania-tourism#!sleepless-in-craiova/c1xda
Thank you, in advance, for your signature and for considering sharing this petition with your friends and networks to increase its impact.
May we invite you to ponder awhile whilst viewing the pictures of horror, abuse and torture taking place in a 'European' city?
The picture evidence compiled in the following link has been collected in the shelter over which YOU have the responsibility: http://occupyforanimals.wix.com/romania-tourism#!sleepless-in-craiova/c1xda
And let us listen for the deafening roar of animal lovers across the European continent...
Outrage from Luxembourg and Germany! Disbelief from the United Kingdom! From Scandinavia comes the clamour for charity and compassion!
But such scenes are not witnessed in most European cities. Humane care and compassion for our fellow creatures are embraced within the European culture.
European culture? An apprecaition of both the diversity and the homogeneity of civilization. Appreciation and care of the weak, but also diverse traditions and environments.
European culture? These scenes were viewed in Craiova where the weakest are consigned to a painfully grotesque death or allowed simply to fade away through starvation in YOUR shelter. Yet Craiova dreams of becoming a European Capital of Culture in 2021... A EUROPEAN Capital of Culture!
Criteria for this accolade include the ability to host a 'high quality program of events'... One can only imagine the tourist ecstasy watching the dog catchers perform their daily aggression manifestation. Perhaps musical accompaniment could be arranged to provide an illusion of some semblance of normality to this theater of death on the streets, the gutters and the local disposal shelter?
Whilst it can claim politically to be European, Craiova has yet to create and accommodate European standards before it can lay claim to any homogeneity of European civilized compassion and morality.
Benefits are given as: a new image for the city and increased tourism. These are indeed possible: Dachau, Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen - all attract significant numbers of tourists. But none would ever claim such a peversity as being 'cultural'.
One can only imagine the abhorrence of tourists from other European nations exploring Craiova, a City of creature pain and horror, within a country ill-compliant with European Conventions and having raised a new law licencing the 'eradication' of over one million homeless animals, resulting in polarization of a society and encouraged community violence, and to fully ensure a departure from European cultural standards, exposure of children in the streets to some of the worst attrocities imaginable against animals, thus impacting on children's attitudes and health.
Craiova, European Capital of Culture?
Unless the horrors emanating from the local shelter are addressed in compliance with the Conventions and standards of the rest of Europe, one can only caution against a dream becoming an illusion... until the morning of awareness dawns and it was realised that it was... just a delusion! An empty derisory, delusion!
And one which assuredly will continue to be represented as such to all who consider that Craiova may be considered either a worthy candidate for the European Capital of Culture award or a desirable place for tourist exposure to a morally bankrupt form of 'culture'.