Target: Traian Băsescu, President of Romania
Goal: Stop Romanian leaders from authorizing and encouraging the killing of stray dogs in public shelters.
Nearly all nations in the civilized world have been faced with the issue of overpopulation of stray animals. However, despite Romanian law forbidding unnecessary euthanasia, mayors in many Romanian cities have approved the killing of as many stray dogs as possible. Furthermore, a new proposal will allow Romanian cities to kill stray dogs after only ten days of captivity. We must force Romanian officials to stop killing stray dogs housed in public shelters.
In mid-March 2013, the Romanian Senate passed a bill that prohibited the killing of stray animals that were not suffering from incurable ailments. There has since been a backlash from Romanian mayors, municipalities, and veterinarians. If passed, a new proposal to the bill would allow stray animals to be killed just ten days after arriving in a public shelter. It is rare for animals that enter these shelters to ever walk out again alive. Oftentimes, it takes weeks or longer for pet owners to be reunited with their lost pets.
Romania, which is part of the European Union, should not be allowed to continue with these murderous practices. Sign the below petition to force Romania leaders to protect homeless dogs and vote against turning public shelters into animal death camps.[gravityform id=1 name=Signthe Petition: ajax=false]
Dear President Băsescu,
Pet owners and animal activists around the world are outraged about the unnecessary killings of stray dogs that many leaders in your nation are endorsing. It is preposterous for anyone to justify the killing of animals in public shelters after only ten days. I understand that this unreasonable proposal will soon be heard at an upcoming session of the Romanian Parliament. Therefore, we need your immediate attention.
I am urging you to protect the animals of your country and strike down all proposals for premature euthanasia. It is not right to use public state-operated shelters as a place to kill dogs that are not terminally ill or causing residents any harm. You have a responsibility to maintain the health and safety of all living things under your control, including Romania’s dog population.
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