Target: President of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev
Goal: Enforce animal cruelty laws after stray dog rescued by family was beaten by angry mob
A family in the village of Selcha in Bulgaria is facing public aggression for taking in a severely injured puppy, named Borko. Borko’s spine had been broken and Dr. Litov and his family took care of the puppy and began its recovery process. Now, however, the Litovs are facing local persecution for their kindness.
A mob swarmed the Litovs home, accompanied by a film crew, and attacked Borko. He was taken out into the garden and beaten again, as the entire ordeal was filmed. The mob’s motivation is uncertain, but probably has to do with hostility towards ‘pesky’ and ‘unclean’ stray animals. Borko was only a puppy when he was beaten the first time, and it was only a short amount of time before he was sought out and beaten again.
The Bulgarian government is failing to protect animals by allowing acts like this one to continue, and they must be pressured to punish those who attacked Borko. There is an existing law against acts of cruelty towards animals in Bulgaria, but it is not being enforced. Animals should not be subject to persecution or mob action simply for being ‘strays.’ It is time the global community called attention to Bulgaria’s animal abuses, so that the government will finally enforce their animal protection acts.
Dear President Plevneliev,
The international media has recently begun broadcasting the story of Borko the puppy and the Litov family. Borko was beaten, taken in by the Litovs, and then beaten again, arguably because of his status as a stray dog. The mob that broke into the Litovs’ home videotaped the man beating him, and his identity is now public information. Why, then, has the Bulgarian government failed to persecute him?
Bulgaria has in its legislation an Animal Protection Act created in order to prevent such acts of animal cruelty. There is surely sufficient evidence in the case of the Litovs to warrant an investigation and the government needs to intervene. It will only be an embarrassment to the Bulgarian government if nothing is done to protect this animal and others in similar situations.
The Bulgarian government is under the scrutiny of the international community–government officials, environmentalists, animal rights activists, and ordinary citizens. They are all waiting for something to be done about this act of cruelty, and Bulgaria cannot risk disappointing the entire world. Every country must make sure it is a safe place for both people and animals, and that is why it is imperative that Bulgaria makes an effort to enforce its Animal Protection Act.
[Your Name Here]
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