Is it okay to kill stray dogs

Conditions in Romanian killing stations

Killing stations in Romania

Until 2007 it was legal to capture and kill stray dogs in Romania, although there was an animal welfare law that had existed since 2001.
When Romania joined the EU (2007), healthy animals were no longer allowed to be killed, and animal cruelty was also made a criminal offense.

However, no bill has been developed on neutering measures to bring the ever-increasing number of street dogs under control.

In September 2013 there was an alleged bite attack by street dogs that resulted in the death of a child. To date it has not been proven that the boy died of bite wounds from stray dogs. Nevertheless, a new law was passed that allowed street dogs to be killed again, and most public animal shelters became killing stations, so-called kill shelters.

There is a bonus of 50 euros for catching street dogs; So until today a worthwhile additional income has developed for the dog catcher, which leads to the fact that often not only strays but also owner dogs are caught from gardens or courtyards and end up in a public shelter, where they, if they are not picked up, usually after 2 Weeks to be killed. These owner dogs are easy prey because they are often trusting rather than suspicious.

Since then, huge, cruel business has developed in Romania, tax money flows to the operators and veterinarians of the public animal shelters, for medical care, custody and care and also at the end of a dog's life to the “disposers” of the animal carcasses.
Due to the widespread corruption, this money, actually intended for the care of the animals, ends up in the pockets of unscrupulous people. Most of the time the animals in the shelters do not get enough food or water, lie in their excrement, receive no medical help in the event of injuries, according to the motto “they have to die anyway”.

Even dying after these 14 days of terrible accommodation is cruel, because the dogs are not gently put to sleep, they are not anesthetized beforehand, if the T61 is then usually not expertly injected directly into the heart or lungs, they torment themselves for a long time until death she redeems. In some shelters they are slain, they are not cared for, they starve, die of thirst or wither away from their illnesses because they are not treated or, in order to save money, they are injected with antifreeze, which leads to a painful death.

Numerous international animal welfare organizations and local animal rights activists have been fighting against the killings and the conditions in the public shelters for years, they seek talks with mayors, municipalities and cities, clarify things, and offer castration campaigns. There are small successes, but it will probably be decades before the misery of the street dogs comes to an end.



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