This petition was started by Occupy for Animals on 12th of October, 2013.
For further information on this petition, please visit: http://occupyforanimals.wix.com/romania-tourism
ON THE BACKGROUND:
Voices of terror and anguish are being heard across the country of Romania. Death cries of over one million animals which the recently introduced law has condemned to death.
Let us also not play with semantics by using words like 'euthanasia' and 'humane'. Animals will and are being killed grotesquely on the streets and in extremes of inhumane activity in the shelters.
Voices of concern have been raised! Accompanying this cacophony are the voices of the children whose screams of terror will soon be silenced. Silenced by a natural process where they will desensitize to the horror. Their psychological defense mechanism will protect their emotions. Exposure to abuse and violence will become normal to them, they will not care.
Unfortunately desensitization comes at a cost. They will lose the ability to be empathic and compassionate towards animals and people. An uncaring, compassion-less society, determined primarily by government practice. A practice which has polarized a society... some aggressing against animals and some seeking to protect. Lest the gravity not be understood, six deaths have already occurred because of this polarization... after only one week since its introduction. One can only imagine her death count as the weeks, months and years pass.
Many are the entreaties, the petitions, the appeals in the past but now a different dimension of outrage is being expressed by the people of Europe. The Romanian Government's introduction of a Law which impacts on the animals, the children and grossly negatively on their society has created outrage at an unprecedented level.
One cannot conceive of a more counter productive, societally destructive direction taken by any European Union Member Government in recent times!
Not only have the Romanian Government dismissed the warnings expressed by the experts, and failed to acknowledge T-N-R as a strategy (ALL 'catch & kill' policies have historically proven unsuccessful) but being aware of the costs and profits to be made from implementing the proposed 'eradication' strategy, are aware that significant personal profits can be made through corrupt alliances.
The Romanian government does not observe/enforce EU laws, disregards international treaties, doesn't care about world opinion nor about the EU, and does not even respond to their official questions.
But if the Romanian Government does not want to listen to its people, nor to the EU, nor to all other 'voices of reason'... well then they must feel where it hurts them most. And that is in their wallets...
Economic boycott is something not to be taken lightly. Economic boycott affects both governments AND people and is therefore a serious threat to any country and especially to those who depend on tourism.
Last year, Romania's international tourist arrivals rose to 1.65 million from 1.51 million in 2011. Tourism brought in $1.46 billion (1.1 billion euros) in revenue, but Romania lags behind neighbouring Bulgaria, which earned more than $6 billion (4.5 billion euros) from tourism last year.
Speaking at the opening of the International Tourism Conference hosted in Bucharest early this month, Romania Minister of Tourism Maria Grapini said he seeks to bring tourism to 5 percent of GDP by 2016, up from 1.5 percent currently.
Part of this strategy consists of opening new tourism offices in Japan and Dubai and promoting the Romanian spa resorts as an alternative to the already known destinations in the country.
We are sure that you would not want to support a corrupt government with your hard earned tourist money by visiting a country of which the government does not respect its citizen, does not care about its children and kills animals in the most gruesome ways imaginable.
And if YOU would refuse to visit Romania because you have come to know of the horrible animal cruelty and the newly introduced 'eradication program' AND if you would take a little time to sign OFA's petition to Romania's Government to let them know what you won't be visiting, you would have a very powerful weapon to bring change to both the animals AND people of Romania!
Thank you, in advance, for signing our petition.
I am hearing the stories and seeing the photographs of the killing of the animals in Romania. This is now increasing because of the new law introduced by the government. For many years we have seen this on the streets but now because of the new law permitting the 'eradication' of homeless animals, the violence and abuse will increase. I do not want to see this.
The suggestion is that animals will be taken to shelters and killed 'humanely'. This has never happened in Romania, why should it change now?
Exposure to such abuse and slaughter affects Romanian society. It makes people more aggressive. They learn this from the social acceptance of violence. The children become less compassionate, less empathic. A natural process to protect themselves emotionally.
Why would anyone want to come to such a land?
Romania may be beautiful but so are many others. The difference is that the others offer a just and humane society not a government promoted inhumane, violent and unsymathetic society which seeks to enact its confusion at its own societal malaise by attacking... no, 'eradicating' the weakest and innocent in its society. Those who are simply symptoms of the mismanaged, socially broken, emotionally distorted entity that is called Romania.
I would therefore neither buy any products originating in Romania nor would I ever travel to Romania and I declare that I will seek to ensure that all are informed and adopt the same stance.
No change... no support!