Minister Westerwelle to discuss with Bulgaria

Emil D. Kuzmanov 23.06.2010 17:25 Themen: Ökologie
Germany’s Foreign Minister Westerwelle to Discuss the Ongoing Pet Population Negligence in Bulgaria, Animal Programs Calls
On June 24, 2010, Germany’s Foreign Minister and Deputy Chancellor Guido Westerwelle will make his first Bulgarian visit, Bulgarian media reported. Later Mr. Westerwelle will meet the Bulgarian Prime Minister Bojko Borisov.

Germany's national policy in humane dog and cat population control is recognized around the world. At the same time, key Bulgarian officials are receiving thousands of letters and phone calls, but humane solutions in favor of the national pet population were not considered by the authority. That's why Animal Programs Foundation urges Federal Minister Westerwelle to discuss with PM Borisov and senior Bulgarian officials the necessity of launching a transparent and comprehensible companion animal management.

In fact, Bulgarian officials hide the institutionalization of animal abuse throughout the country. National cat and dog population counts about three million animals. Their annual birth rate remains near 100 per cent. While the euthanasia is banned in Bulgaria, illegal activities are involving hundreds of thousands stolen and unwanted companion animals. Most of unwanted pets are just waiting to endure long, extremely painful and torturous deaths wherever that may be in the unlicensed laboratories or illegal fur factories. For instance, eleven unowned dogs were put to agonize by poisoning in the Pernik city downtown in mid-March 2010, Bulgarian media reported.

Bulgarian government has done nothing to restrict neither the massive cat and dog breeding, nor the commercial movements of stolen and unwanted pet animals, and supposed money laundering. For example, in most recent years, Sofia Animal Control Service reported some 5000 dogs impounded and disposed annually, while every year, local owned dog population continues to produce tens of thousands redundant grown ups in a good physical condition. Curiously, there were no lost dogs reported as reunited by the City Animal Control.

Emil Kuzmanov
Animal Programs Foundation

The main goal of Animal Programs is decreasing the dynamics of cat and dog populations in Bulgaria. The foundation activities are focused on dealing with two key factors - both authority's reluctance to launch effective companion animal management and people's misconception in pet breeding, supply and demand.
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