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Court decision makes killing of stray dogs in Romania illegal - Bucharest ignores decision

2014-06-24
The Bucharest Authority for Surveillance and Protection of Animals (ASPA), officially subordinate to Bucharest City Hall, illegally continues killing stray dogs.
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FOUR PAWS urges ASPA and all municipalities to immediately stop the killing of stray dogs.


According to the law a court decision is legally binding with immediate effect: therefore, the legality of killing stray dogs was suspended in Romania, starting Friday June 20th. On that date, the Bucharest Court of Appeal suspended the application norms of the stray dogs killing law, which is challenged by the international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS.


ASPA continues killing stray dogs

The Bucharest Authority for Surveillance and Protection of Animals (ASPA), officially subordinate to Bucharest City Hall, illegally continues killing stray dogs. Razvan Bancescu, head of ASPA, stated yesterday at a press conference in Bucharest, that ASPA would keep killing until the court justifies its decision, and urged the government to appeal. “In this time, the ASPA activity is not affected, and the programme of stray dogs management will continue”, said Bancescu. Furthermore, Bancescu explained that, during the nine months of the stray dogs management programme in Bucharest, ASPA captured 25,000 animals, of which approximately 10,000 were killed.


FOUR PAWS urges ASPA and all municipalities to immediately stop the killing of stray dogs

“We expressly point out that ASPA and all municipalities have to act according to the court decision”, says Gabriel Paun, Director of Campaigns at FOUR PAWS. “Otherwise it is an abuse and the persons involved shall be subject to criminal charges for not obeying the court decision and illegally spending public money. So Bancescu’s statement may only be a personal one and not on behalf of ASPA.”

The government has the option of appealing against the court decision. Any appeal would have to be submitted upon receiving the communication of the decision and would be referred to the Supreme Court. “Appeal is an option, but it would only postpone the chance to start constructive cooperation”, stresses Paun. “I think it is more rational to start working immediately with the right specialists on a fresh and smart Government Emergency Ordinance. We would offer our expertise and resources if they choose the dialogue option.”


Give the stray dogs a chance to live!

The only man who has the power to address this situation and stop the killing law is the Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta. FOUR PAWS is campaigning tirelessly to stop the abuse and killing of all stray dogs in this country. Call on Prime Minister Victor Ponta to quash the law which allows the mass killing of stray dogs!

 

www.four-paws.org/nokilling


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