Cruel measures to control animal overpopulation are legally used in different countries on domestic companion pets on the street, as well as wild animals. Even if they are not strictly legal in some places, the authorities have no interest in enforcing the law and are even the ones who are breaking it.
There is no regard for the animals terrible &
prolonged suffering, despite humane methods being available. In some
countries officials pay citizens to kill stray dogs and they do not care
if it is done if the most cruel of ways - even burning them alive!
In many of these countries, the cruelty of these animal overpopulation control measures reflects on the countries contemptuous attitude towards these animals as a society.
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To cut stray animal overpopulation, the Mayor of San Luis Río Colorado,
Sonora, México pays citizens around $20 to slaughter strays in any way
they wish. $20 is around what it would cost for a charity organisation
to neuter each dog and release them onCe they were fully recovered. The
Mayor, Manuel Baldenebro Arredondo, sees nothing wrong in citizens
killing innocent stray dogs using extremely cruel methods such as
poisoning, stabbing and beating them to death.
In other parts of Mexico, legal and acceptable animal overpopulation control methods include electrocution of stray animals.
Below: A nursing female stray dog that has been violently
bludgeoned to death and her fragile puppies trying desperately to suckle
from her dead body. These puppies will die now too, as the mother will
no longer produce milk for them.
(Credits: Picture - http://actionsforanimals.blogspot.com/
Information - www.candiinternational.org)
Over the last four years, at least 50,000 stray dogs have been cruelly
burned alive, shot, beaten to death, hanged and poisoned in Ukraine.
These actions are to cut the stray animal overpopulation before 1.5
million people are expected to visit Ukraine for the Euro 2012 football
tournament the country is hosting.
Around 7000 dogs a month in Donetsk alone are being killed in this horrifically painful and inhumane ways. Purposely poisoned dogs that are suffering tremendously painful and distressing deaths are heartlessly thrown in to the bin to die.
CORRUPT OFFICIALS POCKET FUNDS MEANT FOR ANIMAL CONTROL:
Officials in Ukraine are suspected of corruption and pocketing the vast majority of the funds that should be used for animal overpopulation controls. Leaving barely any funds for it, they choose cheap and inhumane methods. Animals who are poisoned suffer prolonged and agonising deaths. Evidence filmed in the country by charity Naturewatch shows dogs with their bodies racked by spasms in their death-throes.
DOGS PARALYSED TO STOP THEM STRUGGLING, THEN BURNED ALIVE
country has mobile incinerators in to which they throw innocent stray
dogs alive and fully conscious, after first paralysing their muscles
with a syringe gun. This is so they cannot struggle and escape and have
no hope of defending themselves.
The Ukraine want to get rid of the stray animal overpopulation problem there before Euro 2012, but do not want people to know that this is how they are going about it.
Below: Clockwise starting from top left: Boycott Euro 2012 in
Ukraine banner; body of a dog visibly burning after being thrown in to a
portable furnace in Ukraine whilst alive and fully conscious, just
paralysed by a drug; innocent dogs beaten, poisoned and shot dead due to
cruel animal overpopulation measures being used in Ukraine in time for
Although they are part of the EU, Romania ignores EU animal cruelty
laws. It illegally and inhumanely kills numerous animals secretly,
behind closed doors every day.
Romania's animal overpopulation controls involve beating stray animals to death, hacking them to death with axes, and burning them alive.
The authorities do not just do this to animals in their own municipal pounds, where the dogs are kept in inhumane conditions before they are killed. They are also known to forcibly enter rescues run by charitable organisations, and massacre the innocent animals in those establishments too.
For example, 230 dogs and puppies were massacred overnight in a rescue run by The Ador Association in Botosani, Romania. The massacre was ordered by Mayor, Catalin Mugurel Flutur, and possibly the Chief Veterinarian. Volunteers arriving at the rescue to tend to the dogs in the morning were confronted by their blood soaked dead bodies and officials.
Below: Just SOME of the 230 innocent dogs that had no idea they
were going to be massacred by the Romanian authorities following orders
of the Mayor that same night, and that horrified and devastated
volunteers would be confronted with their blood soaked bodies the next
The photographs were taken by volunteers hours before the massacre, at the charitable rescue run by The Ador Association in Botosani, Romania.
Volunteers bring Romanian dogs and puppies to safety at the rescue, in order to save them from the cruelty of the Romanian authorities and citizens, who take them to inhumane municipal pounds and kill them in inhumane ways such as beating or hacking them to death and burning them alive.
This is their form of animal overpopulation control, instead of humanely operated capture-neuter-release programs.
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A BRAVE ROMANIAN CITIZEN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST THE ANIMAL CRUELTY:
It has been known for people who try to save street dogs from the authorities' illegal, inhumane and unjust treatment, to be killed.
Magyari Loredana, a citizen of Romania, is brave enough to speak out and share this:
"I am Romanian and do everything I can to help stray dogs.We have a dog shelter in our city financed by a German Organisation. They also do sterilisations twice a year. I am thankful to these foreign people that help us. Otherwise the same as in Botosani would happen here. The authorities in our city illegally kill hundreds of dogs. Such things are normal in our country. The stray dogs in Romania are a money making industry. I hear every day about animal cruelty in our country. I could not kill an animal even if somebody would offer me all the money in the world. Most of the Romanian authorities, and Romanian people, have no respect for the animals. PLEASE, we need help from outside to convince the Government that the solution is sterilisation. If they leave the local authorities to decide what to do with the animals, we will have such terrible news every day. And most of it we will not even know about. The people who commit such things should be punished by the law. PLEASE HELP US MAKE THEM TO RESPECT THE EUROPEAN LAW!!! How many million stray dogs should die more until we can change the situation in Romania? I am ashamed to live here!"
VIDEO FOOTAGE OF CRUELTY TO STRAY ANIMALS IN ROMANIA:
To see video footage of Romanian animal abuse, open this link:
Romanian Stray Dog Cruelty Videos
DOGS AND PUPPIES REGULARLY BURNED ALIVE IN CRUEL ROMANIAN ANIMAL OVERPOPULATION CONTROL MEASURES:
Every week, hundreds of innocent, terrified dogs of all ages are taken to the Chief Veterinarian's crematorium facility, approximately seven kilometres from Tulcea in Romania. There, they are BURNED ALIVE. Despite the opposition to these actions, and even court cases won, hundreds of innocent puppies and dogs continue to be burned alive there every week because of Romania's cruel animal overpopulation measures.
IT IS NOT JUST THE AUTHORITIES WHO TORTURE ROMANIAN ANIMALS:
Romanian animal lovers put themselves at risk to try to help save animals from cruelty. They remark at how Romanians are brought up to have no respect or compassion for animals and to be violent towards them.
Citizens beat the street animals to death, or shoot them, or hurt and kill them any way they can. It seems to be a pass time for citizens to 'help solve' the animal overpopulation problem by finding ways to torture these innocent animals to death.
Thirteen dogs were tortured and beheaded for no reason by Romanian factory workers. Dog rescue volunteers who help stray dogs also find themselves to be targets of such dog hating people.
Below: This is Lori the dog. In Romania, someone attacked her with a screwdriver, leaving her for dead and in excruciating pain. She only survived because 'Our Friends Dog Rescue' came to her aid. The rescue, based in Romania, is under threat of closure from authorities, and if they cannot raise £8,000 by June, all the dogs in their care will be forcibly and inhumanely killed by the authorities. Most Citizens accept horrifically inhumane animal overpopulation controls with complete indifference.
People also set traps for street dogs to get caught in. In one such trap
they slowly get strangled to death as they try to escape. Either that,
or as the wire tightens around their body, it slowly cuts them in half.
One dog was rescued from such a trap in Romania by a Romanian animal lover, who named the dog Petronel. Petronel was found caught in a trap being choked to death, and there was another tight wire around his middle that was cutting deeply in to him, almost cutting him in half. On taking him to the vet, the rescuer was told that Petronel had also been permanently blinded due to a blow to the head.
Petronel's rescuer sat on the veterinary clinic steps and wept. Many people passed by but nobody showed any compassion. Then Petronel's rescuer felt a gentle touch to the leg. It was Petronel. Through all his misery and pain, and despite what humans had done to him, this blind, gentle, terribly abused little creature, still wanted to show love, affection and comfort.
Cruelty like this goes on all the time in Romania. Sadly, Petronel is just one example amongst a huge number of other cases.
Below: This little puppy, Hope-Angel, was beaten so viciously that she was left paralysed and permanently unable to use her back legs at all. 'Our Friends', or 'prietenii Nostri' Dog Rescue rescued Angel and found her a loving home away from people who think it is acceptable to treat innocent animals with such cruelty.
CRUELTY TO HORSES IN ROMANIA:
Among other animals, horses are being badly maltreated in Romania. Horses are often over worked, continuing to be viciously whipped even they have collapsed or the load is too heavy for them to pull.
Wild horses are being caught so and then sold for slaughter. They are kept in inhumane conditions until they travel to their destination where they will be slaughtered. When traveling, the mares are separated from their foals, even if the foals are under one week old. The horses are cruelly transported over 23.5 hours without any food or water. Unsurprisingly, several die from dehydration or injuries sustained on the journey.
Even countries that apparently have some animal welfare laws, such as
Serbia, treat animals with contempt, inflicting horrific torture and
abuse on them. If this abuse is ever reported to authorities, they are
not interested in enforcing animal welfare laws and no prosecutions are
Poison is regularly put out to kill street dogs - causing them horrendously prolonged and painful deaths. They are tortured to death by citizens: beaten, shot, hacked to death - killed any way imaginable.
Below: This innocent and non-aggressive dog, who was minding it's own business and not being a threat to anyone, was mercilessly shot until dead in front of people.
Below is a video showing dog torture in Serbia:
People have even gone to the trouble of seeking out animal rescues in
Serbia and thrown poisoned meat over the fence of the rescues, killing
the dogs in the rescue's care. Volunteers arriving at the rescues have
been devastated to find the dogs, that were not doing any harm to
anyone, had been purposely sought out and murdered.
In order to deal with the animal overpopulation, local authorities are known to pay people to inhumanely murder these innocent animals.
Even when seemingly humane 'Capture, Neuter, Release' programs are implemented by local authorities, the dogs are neutered but thrown out on to the street long before they are recovered and while still very vulnerable to infection, many with open wounds. Sadly, many of them die a prolonged and painful death due to this.
Below: This female dog, Coral, was found dieing in a ditch in
excruciating pain after being neutered by the Serbian authorities.
She was thrown back on the street having had no stitches and no after care. Her intestines were spilling out of her stomach and she was left in terrible pain. She was rescued by Serbia's Forgotten Paws, but sadly died. There are many more like Coral, the result of capture-neuter-release programs not being carried out properly.
Countries with animal overpopulation problems often receive grants from the EU for these programs, but corruption means it is misused, so animals continue to suffer.
Dogs are rarely kept as pets by Serbian people but instead have a life
of loneliness and misery permanently chained up outside in all weathers
to protect belongings and property.
Dogs are not neutered by owners and are regularly abandoned, and abandoned dogs and newly born puppies freeze to death in the low temperatures.
Animal lover Marija, from Nis in Serbia contacted us using the form at
the bottom of the page and told us about terrible abuse of dogs and cats
You can find out what is happening to animals in Montenegro and see photographic evidence of it by clicking HERE.
Below: 6 months old puppy was beaten viciously, then tied up to a
car and dragged for a while with a high speed. The pup ended up with
horrific injuries and was left to die in the garden by the owner to die.
All this happened in front of many witnesses, including neighbours, but nobody reported it. After three days, the puppy was rescued and found to have 3 broken legs, broken toes on the back legs, multiple open wounds, some infected, torn ligaments and the worst - infection spreads fast and could get to the bones.
Below: Bulgaria deal with the animal overpopulation in inhumane ways such as mass poisoning of dogs and cats, which causes slow and excruciatingly painful deaths.
The video below gives an insight in to how animals in Bulgaria suffer:
Every single day Moldovan dogs are abused, tortured and killed using extremely cruel animal overpopulation controls. There are thousands of homeless dogs on the streets and the Moldovan Government is not interested in using humane methods to solve this problem. They seem to feel that killing them with unbelievable cruelty is perfectly acceptable.
Everybody in Moldova knows it happens, but nobody seems to care enough to help these dogs. In fact, most citizens of Moldova support this cruelty and are keen for a larger number of dogs to be killed this way. They regularly call the dog killers and request vans to collect dogs and take them to the "territory of death".
Dogs are known to be tortured before their death by being skinned alive for their fur. Their fur is sold at local markets and used to be made in to such items as belts.
Other dogs are killed simply because they are on the streets, and it is easier to kill them in inhumane, brutal and cruel ways instead of investing money and helping them in civilized, humane ways.
Below: Animal overpopulation control methods are extremely cruel in Moldova and include beating street dogs to death and skinning them alive.
Countries that are members of the European Union are required to treat animals humanely. This video shows the truth about how members inhumanely treat their animals and use cruel overpopulation controls, yet they still receive all their funding:
If you are from the UK, you can find out the identity and contact details your M.E.Ps (Members of the European Parliament) are at this link. If you are from other countries, find yours by typing "Find my Member of European Parliament" in to a search engine.
Contact them, or any other representatives of the European Parliament you feel appropriate, demanding that the animal welfare standards in their countries must adhere to required European standards, and that the funding they receive must ALL be used ONLY for the humane care of animals, instead of going to corrupt officials.
When many people refuse to support the tourism industry of countries who use cruel animal overpopulation controls, or have poor animal welfare standards in general is a good way to force them to think about the issue of raising animal welfare standards.
What is more
effective than that is contacting the Tourism Departments of the countries and
explaining to them that, although you are happy to visit countries with
high animal welfare standards, you will never contribute to their
tourism industry, because you know how their animals are treated.
Including an outline of the abuse you know about is also very helpful.
It may also be worth mentioning that any denial is pointless, as there is a huge amount of indefensible evidence available on the web.
It is definitely worth saying that you will be doing all you can to spread the word and put people off visiting their country because of their treatment of animals. You could add that the majority, not the minority, of people in other countries find the maltreatment of animals reprehensible.
You could suggest that, if they do not want to be seen as an uncivilised, unevolved country, they educate their people to feel compassion for animals, and they also implement and ENFORCE severe punishments by law for all animal cruelty.
It could be suggested to them that a civilised, humane way of dealing with animal overpopulation issues is by implementing catch-neuter-release programs in a HUMANE way. A humane way being: treating the animals humanely throughout & releasing them only after they are fully healed and not at risk of infection or falling in to bad health once back on the streets.
Turning your anger in to action is the only way things actually get changed for animals. There are numerous ways to help animals, and they can be found in the Help Stop Animal Cruelty & Suffering section of this site.
You can target one area of animal cruelty to help stop, such
as cruel animal overpopulation controls, or you can help stop
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The Help Stop Animal Cruelty And Suffering contains the tools you need to actually change the future for animals.
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