“A bill allowing stray dogs to be euthanized is legal, Romania’s constitutional court ruled Wednesday, prompting hundreds of dog lovers to block a main road outside Parliament in protest.” , Yahoo! News published two weeks ago.
The origin of this bill is the unfortunate case of a 4-year-old boy who was allegedly bitten to death by strays. New evidence is coming up every day, pointing out to various other leads, but I won’t get into that.
I am an animal lover. In all honesty, I knew this was coming, but just didn’t know when. Bucharest alone is populated by 65.000 stray dogs according to official statistics. According to the same official figures, thousands of strays have been spayed and neutered in an attempt to keep the dog population under control. I clearly remember seeing pregnant bitches bearing the distinctive mark of being spayed.
For the sake of argument, let’s assume I agree with euthanizing the strays if they haven’t been adopted within 14 days. What I don’t agree with is the barbaric methods they are going to use in most cases. Now let’s be clear, the money for the lethal injections won’t go into that. I have had a lot of experience with the way Romanians do their jobs. They will find a less expensive manner to do it so the money will get into their pockets. And the less expensive method is murdering the dogs. In my opinion the distinction between murder and euthanasia is fundamental – euthanasia is humane while murder is barbaric. You may find evidence on what is going in Romanian shelters by doing a simple search on YouTube.
Moreover, the population of Romania is now divided in two – the minority of the “mutt lovers” and the dog haters. While the animal protection activists do their best to adopt and take care of as many strays as possible, dog haters are eliminating the dog population themselves by poisoning, shooting, beating to death and so on. The worst thing is they don’t always bring the job to an end. If you take a look on the Vier Pfoten Romania Facebook page you will be shocked to see a horribly mutilated dog whose superior maxillary was entirely sectioned while the mandible was partially fractured. Who is the pest now, the human who did this or the poor animal?
All this chaos encourages people to take inhumane actions. The method adopted by Romanian authorities is both unethical and inefficient. People won’t stop abandoning unwanted dogs and the stray population will continue to grow.
These are a few alternatives for the authorities to take: stop spending taxpayer money on killing and start spending it on building shelters. Educate the population, teach children about animal protection. Start an efficient spay-and-neuter program. Fund an efficient adopting campaign. Make them understand that strays are dogs too and it is their uniqueness that makes them extraordinary.Punish those who abandon by fining them. Take action against the people who mistreat animals. Act like human beings and show compassion.