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To legislatively prohibit killing of stray animals in the Republic of Belarus

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We want to attract attention of the world society to such an acute problem as cruel killing of stray animals by government authorities in the republic of Belarus. Please help to stop this endless death conveyor. Humans, do help and support! All appellations of Belorussian citizens to the President against this situation (including signatures of scientists, writers, professors and artists) go via the chain to the very authority which is responsible for this situation. The only solution is to SUPPORT poor Belorussian animals ALL TOGETHER! The world should know about the BARBARIC CRUELTY that takes place in the center of Europe in 21st century. 

 

We ask:

1. To legislate against mortification of stray animals (dogs and cats) in the Republic of Belarus unless the animal is incurable, suffers or has serious behavioral problems. 

2. Instead of the Authority for housing and public utilities, that “cleans the city of animals and other waste” also by cruel killing of dogs and cats, there should be established new  SPECIAL AUTHORITY to control amount and protect stray animals. This Authority should act in accordance to the European standards and requirements concerning pets that became stray and to humane system of controlling animals’ amount. Conforming also with the European convention for the Protection of Pet Animals. (№125 of the European Treaty Series, extract:

 “Should the Government regard amount of stray pet animals as a problem it should take legislative and/or administrative steps that are required to reduce this amount by means that will not cause inevitable pain, suffer or spiritual torments”. (Chapter 3. Article 12. 1st fragment). 

3. To enforce liability for animal abuse of any kind. 

4. To establish a system of state shelters for stray animals (cats and dogs) with the sake of trapping such animals, searching their owners, and if the owners do not appear within the certain period of time (for example, 7 days)  –  to sterilize and arrange for adoption of such an animal. If within the long (established) period of time the animal is not adopted, it should be placed into its previous habitat with the mark informing about sterilization (ear tape). 

5. To prohibit application of preparation “T61”, which is applied for killing animals in the Republic of Belarus, because animal dyes with painful death of asphyxia after a long agony. 

6. To prohibit animal experiments in vivarium. 

Belorussia has no laws that regulate trapping and no law to protect animals’ rights. The mortification is pursued without narcosis  by “T61” (injection into lungs or heart), the preparation paralyzes all muscles, as a result a healthy animal suffocates and suffers for several minutes. All European countries abandoned such way of mortification many years ago, because it was regarded as cruel. 

 

There are several mortification sites in Belorussia (Minsk, Pinsk, Grodno, Brest, Homel, Bobruisk and Mogilev). They have different mortification schemes, but all of them are extremely cruel. For example, in Mogilev they immobilize animals with injection, then put wrappage over animal’s head and wait till animal is suffocated. Brest shoots them, Homel kills animals with electricity and water. All mortification sites kill animals within the 1st trapping day. If all kennels are occupied she-dogs are killed first, if a dog comes with puppies, the mother-dog is killed immediately after the last puppy was taken away. 

According to the data of the social association of animal protection “Eghida” communal services of the Republic of Belarus annually trap more than 80 thousand stray animals  annually. The majority of them are killed.  

Personally I am deeply traumatized by this situation both emotionally and psychologically. Almost all people around me, who deal with this cruelty towards animals in the Republic of Belarus, are also suppressed and mourn upon animals’ destiny. I know many volunteers who spend most of their salaries for buying out these condemned to death animals, they pay up transportation of those animals to other countries because they understand that otherwise the trapped but alive and healthy dog or cat will be soon killed. People take this situation deep to their hearts and have to take sedatives. 

I can’t understand why it is seen necessary to trap and cruelly kill for example a dog that has been living nearby for years and the locals fed her. This dog could be sterilized in a shelter, then volunteers could try to find her new home, and if they don’t succeed within the given period, the dog could be simply PUT BACK into its previous habitat. Where it should peacefully live till death without bringing progeny. 

Pet owners pay taxes for pet hold. These funds go for financing mortification sites. It is absurd! Pet owners have to finance pet mortification. Whereas it is possible to build shelters for stray animals where volunteers could work to make adoption possible for them. 

The key problem is that in the Republic of Belarus Ministry of housing and communal services regulates number of stray animals. Many suggestions from the citizens were submitted to the Ministry concerning sterilization of stray animals. However, they only produced laughter and were sent to the Ministry of agriculture and food.  And it is obvious: the dentist should deal with teeth, the trader with – with trade, so employees of the Ministry of housing and communal services should do their job, that is to operate housing sector and utilize waste, instead of “producing death animals” in Belorussia! 

We are sure that regulation of stray animals should be under jurisdiction of a specially established focused authority, the one which will apply only HUMANE METHODS adjusted to European standards, not in the knackeries, not by shooting or electricity, or any other tortures, that depress human mentality. 

For example Portugal prohibited euthanasia of healthy animals in shelters. This law was applauded and supported by all member of the Parliament. According to the new law shelters for stray animals should sterilize animals within 15 days, if owners do not occur, new owners should be searched for. Euthanasia is acceptable only for those cases when there is serious disease, pain or there are dangerous behavioral problems. The new laws stipulate veto for animal mortification in case of their exceeding number, financial insolvency of the owner or any other situation that impedes normal pet hold at home. According to the new law the shelters should provide annual statistical reports about the number of animals that were taken from the streets, sterilized and adopted. 

All civilized countries have their system for animal protection – both wild and home. Animals are not waste that should be utilized. They are alive and made of flesh and blood. 

According to “Statute about order for organization that deal with trapping, shooting, holding and mortification of stray animals in the Republic of Belorussia” approved by the Ministry of housing and utility of Belorussia of 29.12.2001 trapping is the main method for regulating number of stray animals in Republic of Belorussia. Clause 5.4. of the Statute says that specialists “should deliver stray animal to special reception stations of temporary hold”. However in fact they deliver both trapped alive animals (also seriously injured) and dead, because there is no responsibility for maiming injury and torture of animals. 

Such cities as Mozyri, Molodechno and others shoot animals  in the face of citizens, including small children. 

We ask: till when will this cruelty take place in the center of Europe? Why there is no responsibility stipulated for animal and human suffering? Who will be responsible for traumas of those children who have seen animal shooting?

The only article of Belorussian Administrative Violations Code (art. 15.45) “Cruelty against animals” stipulates for only penalty of 100 USD. However even this article makes it extremely difficult to hold liable those executives, that organize cruel animal mortification. 

It happens too often, that people take soft and tame dogs into vivarium for experiments. Where they are used for test of preparations, medicines, surgical interventions. After that immobilized but still breathing animals are suggested to adoption for volunteers. As a rule dogs cannot survive these experiments. 

Humans! We all live in a civilized society! Why do we allow for such a blasphemy? Why there is no animal protection law? 

So we ask:

1. To legislate against mortification of stray animals (dogs and cats) in the Republic of Belarus unless the animal is incurable, suffers or has serious behavioral problems. 

2. Instead of the Authority for housing and public utilities, that “cleans the city of animals and other waste” also by cruel killing of dogs and cats, there should be established new  SPECIAL AUTHORITY to control amount and protect stray animals. This Authority should act in accordance to the European standards and requirements concerning pets that became stray and to humane system of controlling animals’ amount. 

3. To enforce liability for animal abuse of any kind. 

4. To establish a system of state shelters for stray animals (cats and dogs) with the sake of trapping such animals, searching their owners, and if the owners do not appear within the certain period of time (for example, 7 days)  –  to sterilize and arrange for adoption of such an animal. If within the long (established) period of time the animal is not adopted, it should be placed into its previous habitat with the mark informing about sterilization (ear tape). 

5. To prohibit application of preparation “T61”, which is applied for killing animals in the Republic of Belarus, because animal dyes with painful death of asphyxia after a long agony. 

6. To prohibit animal experiments in vivarium. 

  PLEASE, DO SUPPORT US!



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