Who Profits from (the Skinning of) the Stray Dogs in Bulgaria's Sofia?

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Bulgaria: Who Profits from (the Skinning of) the Stray Dogs in Bulgaria's Sofia?

Contrary to what a bunch of politicians, "statesmen", municipal officials, bureaucrats, current PMs and their mayoral successors would have the Bulgarian public believe, the problem with the tens of thousands of stray dogs roaming the streets of Sofia is easy to solve.

It can be solved in 2 weeks. If there is the will to do so. (Regardless of how clich? the above-mentioned humanoids have made the word "will" with their empty talk and lies!)

First, all of the stray dogs in Sofia need to be captured (they are not that many). Second, they need to be castrated and vaccinated, and then they need to be put up for adoption. They shouldn't be euthanized but they cannot be released back into the city, either (which is the current practice). They need to find homes, and can even be adopted abroad – as some people have done already.

This would be expensive, critics say. But it would, no doubt, be cheaper than all the trouble caused by the abandoned animals and the demoralizing effect of their situation – such as the most recent incident in which two dogs have been skinned in the Malinova Dolina quarter of Sofia.

Some would argue that this was an isolated crime committed by some maniac. That might be the case, which means this would then be the smaller problem. But the bigger problem – the stay dog packs in Sofia's streets – remains and keeps worsening, or, rather, mating.

Why does the Sofia stray dog problem exist? Because somebody has an interest in these dogs roaming around the streets of Sofia in sufficiently high numbers. In addition to having the will to cope with the problem, it is also crucial to overwhelm the factors interested in its existence.

There are institutions that were supposed to have removed the stray dogs from the streets of Sofia. These institutions get funding to do that. What are they going to get funding for if they do resolve the problem? They would be redundant. This is how some state and municipal spongers – such as the Sofia Municipality firm inspiringly named "Eco-Balance" ("Ekoravnovesie") have found a good balance. Apparently, they are not resolving the problem radically so as not to have their funding cut off or be shut down. Not to mention rumors that when the stray dogs castrated, some of them are left untouched in order to be able to reproduce in sufficient numbers. Meanwhile, the residents and guests of the Bulgarian capital are wondering why there is a greater number of biting attacks.

The second factor with a vested interest might as well have crawled out of the hellish abyss of the Holocaust but it seems to function unperturbed in Sofia's outskirts. This appears to be the case with the skinned dogs in the Malinova Dolina quarter. It turns out that not only the skin but the entire dog corpses are useful raw materials.

I don't want to imagine what parts of them are used for what industry but what I do know from experts is that no part of a stray dog's corpse gets thrown out. Everything is used for some kind of industrial purposes. At least in this sector ("utilization" of stray dog corpses) Bulgaria seems to be like Japan – using "the resources" to the fullest. Or more like a European North Korea.

With all that said, the "eco-balanced" parasites and the skinning monsters aren't that strong factors! There is hardly some major Bulgarian oligarch involved in all that (or so I hope) – which means that the Bulgarian state and the Sofia Municipality should be able to crack down on it. But the mayors of Sofia come and go, some of them become prime ministers, the city councilors become Members of Parliament, and the stray dogs keep biting the citizens of the republic, dragging around trash from trash containers, and end up being used as an industrial raw material. And those of us who do care about Bulgarian society – the dogs, the people, Bulgaria's image – well, obviously, the only thing we have done to date is being ashamed...

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