We below undersigned, express our discontent regarding planned massive slaughter of animals (dogs) in the city Rustavi (that also has been ongoing in the past years). The Rustavi Mayor has already announced a Tender on purchasing services of catching and euthanizing (permanent death by injection) homeless animals. According to the tender documentation, only “diseased” and “aggressive” animal must be euthanized (as connection “and” is used to define satisfaction of both conditions, the information given in the tender documentation must be interpreted as the following: the euthanasia of the animals must take place in cases when the animal is “diseased” as well as “aggressive” – but not in cases when only one condition is satisfied). The mentioned terminology is vague as definitions of terms “diseased” and/or "aggressive” are not provided.
According to the website of “Competition and State Procurement Agency”, the status of the tender is “in the process of preparing the agreement”. The only company participating in the tender is Ltd. “Tbilisi group” (ID #400019957). According to the 2013 budget document of self-governing city Rustavi, the mentioned program should ensure minimizing amount of homeless animals and avoiding all possible risks. The later directly contradicts with the terms of the announced tender that is “in the process of preparing the agreement”. In reality, the massive slaughter of street animals does not decrease their population, has reverse effect and facilitates flow of more dangerous animals from the rural areas to the urban ones. The only proper way of managing the homeless population is only with humanistic and internationally recognized methods that ensure equal protection of rights of animals as well as humans.
We are demanding from Rustavi Mayor not to sign an agreement with Ltd. “Tbilisi group” as according to the cost estimation presented by this company, it plans to euthanize every single animal caught by its employees regardless if animal is “diseased” and/or “aggressive”. The owner of 50% shares in the mentioned company is Beka Geladze (ID #01001026516), who is also 33% shareholder and Director of Ltd. “Debiuti” (ID #205152662). According to the official information, in the past years Ltd. “Debut” has slaughtered up to 100,000 animals (dogs, cares) using cruel and inhumane methods that has resulted in increasing risks related to the human health. The barbarian and inhumane methods used by Ltd. “Debiuti” are repelled by local as well as international civilized societies.
We are demanding from self-governing city Rustavi to take necessary actions in regard with this and alike matters that are described in the letters/ petitions of animal rights protection NGOs addressed to the city self-governance.
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