Romania is a country filled with stray dogs. The dogs are often witnessed to be wandering the streets and the parks. They survive off from scraps of food that people leave out for them as they feel sorry for them. The Bucharest government is now mandating that stray dogs be trapped and killed. Guardians of Rescue, a United States animal rescue organization, whose mission is to help all animals in need, is refusing to standby and allow thousands of abandoned, stray dogs, to be killed.
This new law was established because of the increasing number of dogs left to survive on their own. It is estimated that there are over 60,000 canines overcrowding the shelters in Romania and left to roam the street. Before the population grew to this extent, the Romanian government allowed strays to be killed only if the animal proved to be sick but now this new legislation is mandated to kill the canines whether sick, violent, or not if they adopted 14 days after being placed in a shelter. The dogs virtually have two weeks to live!
"It is a tragedy that these faultless animals, whose only crime is being alive, must suffer the consequences of inadequate policies and indifferent and careless humans,” says Robert Misseri, President of New York based Guardians of Rescue. "With a proper spaying, neutering, and adoption program in place, this situation would not be as dire as it has become. It is now time to have a 'Call to Arms' in Bucharest, and ask everyone to take a stand for these strays, as the end result would be good for everyone, not just the animals,” he says.
The Guardians of Rescue (GoR) cannot just sit around while innocent animals lose their lives. They are urging dog lovers everywhere to get involved! In order to publicly display their indifference to this situation, the organization is planning a protest on October 25 from 12:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the Romanian Consulate in New York City. They are also coordinating with friends in Los Angeles to protest on the same day and they are urging people to join them and bring signs. The fate of thousands of innocent, homeless animals is on the line so GoR hopes that anyone able to take part in this mass adoption will do so, and anyone able to aid in helping make changes for the good of the animals to please get involved, the sooner the better because these innocent dogs have run out of time.
“Dogs in Romania are being shot, stabbed, hung and skinned with no punishment to the people performing it,” affirms Dori Scofield, Vice President of Guardians of Rescue. “They are mass murdering and barbarically killing the dogs legally and we must take a stand against such atrocities.”
The United States has always been a place of freedom, protection and solitude for all living creatures. People here are punished if they hurt an innocent animal. Let’s band together with the Guardians of Rescue and display our dismay for the innocent canines of Romania.