published: 01.11.2013, 17:34 | updated: 01.11.2013 17:38:21
Prague - About 80 people protested in Prague this afternoon against what they called the inhuman killing of stray dogs in Romania, and the protest organisers, from the 269 CZ and Fair Play CZ groups, appealed on Romanian leaders to prefer across-the-board castration of dogs instead.
In Romania, excessive dogs are hunted, caught and then often beaten up or burnt to death.
"Romania has failed to tackle the problem of stray dogs, of which there is a high number in the country. Although the country has received over 10.5 million euros from the EU budget since 2001 to carry out across-the-board castration and sterilisation, the money has not been used accordingly and the number of dogs continues to rise," the protest organiser Katerina Fischerova said.
The activists crossed the centre of Prague towards the Romanian embassy where Fischerova had a short meeting with the embassy officials.
The protesters wore red T-shirts with a picture of a dog paw and the inscription Stop killing dogs. Many had their dogs, also dressed in red T-shirts, with them.
Fischerova said about 1000 people have signed the Czech version of a petition demanding a halt to the cruel killing of dogs, and 5000 people have signed its English version. The activists want to send the petition to the embassy next week.
An estimated 60,000 stray dogs, including very aggressive ones, occur in Bucharest alone. In September, a pack of stray dogs bit a small child to death. The Romanian parliament afterwards passed a law enabling towns to kill dogs that were caught in the streets and no one claimed their ownership for two weeks.
"In practice, this euthanasia often takes place before the deadline expires and in a very inhuman way, by electric current, injections of thinner, vinegar etc," the activists say.
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