Stop Cruel and Senseless Murders of Stray Dogs


Target: Viktor Yanukovich, President of Ukraine

Goal: Punish hobby hunters who kill stray dogs

A group of Kievan hunters has made a hobby of killing stray dogs. Congregating on an Internet forum, these men exchange tips on how to prepare dog poison and where to find their victims. In a city where adequate funding for dog shelters is missing, the animals are falling prey to these hobby hunters who face no fines or prosecution for their cruel killings.

Citing the need to promote public safety, the men claim that they are merely whittling down a large population of vicious beasts, about 18,000 in total, that haphazardly attack and bite the residents of Kiev. While the proliferation of stray dogs may indeed pose a threat to the city’s population, killing them is not the solution. Even if some of the hunters dare claim that their victims’ death by poison is instantaneous and harmless, this still doesn’t change the dire fact that they are arbitrarily depriving a dog of his right to live for absolutely no good reason.

It is true that there could be a debate about the value of putting down certain highly dangerous dogs that could inflict serious harm on the people who unexpectedly encounter them on a city street. However, the arbitrary decision to eradicate masses of strays transcends all bounds of good sense and decency. As intelligent, sensitive creatures adapted for cohabitation with humans, dogs do not deserve to be indiscriminately murdered just because they might be dangerous.

The city of Kiev would be well-advised to adopt a more humane approach that would either gather a higher percentage of these strays in dog shelters or at the very least implement a broad neutering program to halt the population growth. (Vier Pfoten, an Austrian-based animal rights NGO previously charged with the task of neutering the animals, has abandoned its activities in the city because the police have not investigated the death threats that were issued against them.)

While successful efforts to reduce the presence of strays in Kiev may make its residents feel less of a need to go after the dogs on their own, that won’t discourage everyone. That is why it is so important that Ukraine penalize the hunters who have made a pastime out of slaughtering innocent animals. It may take some time to put in place a program that effectively deals with the city’s large stray population, but the government should immediately adopt and seriously enforce laws that criminalize the killings.

These immediate actions are so vital because it is absolutely unacceptable to let this kind of outrageous behavior go unpunished. A society that doesn’t protest against and punish the callous slaying of vulnerable animals such as dogs might just tolerate cruelty against other vulnerable segments of the population, be they women, children, or ethnic and religious minorities.


Dear Viktor Yanukovich, President of Ukraine

We ask you to stop the cruel and senseless murders of dogs being carried out in the city of Kiev by enforcing tough penalties against the perpetrators. Even though the large population of strays that roams around the city of Kiev may indeed seem like a problem that needs to be taken care of, there is never an excuse for ordinary citizens to shoot and poison them. The Ukrainian State cannot allow brutality to take hold so that a set of vigilantes randomly kill innocent animals under the pretext that they may pose a threat to public safety. It should always be up to the government to handle animal-related safety issues and never up to the citizens to serve a lethal dose of justice to a creature that may not have even done anything wrong.

By doing nothing about these killings, not only are you looking away while the intelligent, sensitive animals are being needlessly slaughtered, you are also tolerating a penchant for cold-blooded violence within your population. Tough punitive measures against dog killers would send the message that you can’t just hurt, wound, or kill a creature simply because you find it to be a nuisance or a threat. To promote a society where the values of compassion and sympathy reign supreme over those of hostility and wanton aggression, the Ukrainian state must take action to mete out harsh punishments to these so-called hobby hunters.


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  1. These so called hunters aren’t anyting but a bunch of pussys looking for a chance to commit cruelty without facing any consequences and think killing somewhat tame innocent strays makes up for their small dicks

    • antipetitioner says:

      Tame and innocent strays are actually fierce and agressive ferals. As for dog hunters, they wouldn’t exist if government under pressure from silly animal rights activists didn’t outlaw animal population control. Do everyone a favor and stop signing stupid and dangerous petitions(unless you are willing to take financial and criminal responsibility for damage done by feral dogs).

      • Silly animal rights activists?? You mean the people who actually acknowledge the fact that humans don’t have the right to decide the fate of other living things? This isn’t just about saving “agressive ferals”, it is about having respect for life in general. The world is big enough for all these dogs and other animals to live in, the idea that they interfere with OUR way of life doesn’t give us the right to hunt them down. And another thing, it is very sad that you put financial and criminal responsibilities before the lives of other beings. This is not a stupid or dangerous petition, the only danger is you and people who think like you. You sir or ma’am, don’t have respect for life, other than you own. Shame on you!

        • antipetitioner says:

          There’s no such a thing a right to decide a fate. Try telling a lion that he doesn’t have a right to kill a gazelle. Rights is an inherently human concept that exists only in human society, animal rights is an oxymoron, because animals can’t understand the concept of rights, can’t agree to respect rights of others or face legal penalty and so on.
          The world isn’t big enough for everyone, because wherever you go there’s some type of wild life already, you can’t put stray dogs there without interfering with life that’s already there.
          Speaking of financial and criminal responsibilities, I think you didn’t understand, I meant if someone gets attacked by a stray dog animal rights activists, petitioners and everyone who opposes animal control should pay medical expenses and/or go to jail. Not sure how that could be enforced, but that’d be fair.
          See how many obvoious things I had to explain to you? How can one not refer to animal rights activists as silly?

          • Sam Outhorn says:

            By the way: humans are animals, didn’t you know? The most destructive and dangerous of all. Yet they have (self-administered) ‘rights’! Go brush up your knowledge of Biology at evening class, you may be surprised at the discoveries you’ll make!

          • Dear ‘Antepetitioner’ : your attitude is as outdated as it is stale. There are more living creatures on this planet than so-called Homosapiens; AND they’ve been on it light-years before any humans. If tackle something you must: blame the authorities, not the dogs, with every bit as much ‘right’ to a decent life as you do. Their silent rights always were : fitting into the natural order of things until Man came along… – Your stance is outmoded: if people are all that superior and worthy of interest: let them prove it. Violence is NOT the way to prove it!!!

      • Kathy Williams says:

        Go away, you stupid, ignorant troll.

        • Emily March says:

          @ Williams: If thereby you meant comments by that “antipetitioner” person, who probably helped to organize the whole thing anyway (and whose manners seem to be worse than any rabid dog’s) : ignorance may be bliss to him now, but may also turn against him once the devil stops looking after his own! (“antipetioner” quite obviously being part of those…).

  2. There needs to be a law stopping these idiots from killing dogs just because they feel its ok….if we all went around taking the law into our own hands when something occurred which we disliked then what a mess we would be in….This is not the answer to the problem its just another barbaric act. All these wonderful animal organisations have the right answers and that is to spay and neuter. These poor creatures suffer horrifically on a daily basis just trying to exist without these cold hearted imbeciles hunting them down. The laws need to be harsher and penalties imposed strongly on anyone who goes against them.

  3. Manel Dias says:

    Destroying a life of another living being is criminal. It does not matter how big or small, there are no acceptable reasons for abuse or cruelty to any living being. None.
    “Mankind’s Cruelty & Abuse to other people will not cease until mankind ceases cruelty & abuse to other Animals”- A.D Williams-
    “Compassion for Animals is intimately associated with Goodness of Character & it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man”- Arthur Schopenhauer- (German Philosopher)

    • Emily March says:

      @Manel Dias — Quite right, Manel, bless your heart! By the way: do you also know this French proverb (translated in may a language, presumably) THE BEST THING ABOUT MAN IS HIS DOG!?

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