Four Paws Foundation Unveils Photo Exhibition Of Stray Animals
The Four Paws foundation unveiled an open-air exhibition of photos of stray cats and dogs, said the foundation on its website.
The exhibition is in Sofia's City Garden in front of the National Theatre and will be on till end of November.
The 32 photos are made by the Dutch photographer Marcel Fens who wants to present more different and positive outlook towards the street animals.
“Whenever I see a stray animal, I see it not as a problem, but as a beautiful living being,” Fens said. “Although they appear in the news only when an accident has happened and then the society turns against them. This is absolutely unfair, because in reality they are not scary, on the contrary – quite often they are extremely funny.”
Fens lives in Bulgaria since 2008 but starts to photograph dogs and cats on the streets of Sofia at the beginning of 2013.
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General public in Bulgaria and particularly pet owners remain misled about pet overpopulation issue due to missing intelligible policies proposed by an animal advocacy movement then accepted by the national and local authorities. We should consider the causal sequence affecting pet ownership and welfare of companion animals: there is neither dog warden services established nor smooth and effective dog identification enforced; reporting animal shelter operations is missing, too; so pet ownership remains loose and enough latchkey dogs are routinely allowed to roam and give birth; numbers of unwanted strays is recovering every year; roaming dogs - owned and unowned, neutered or not - may be killed outside or may be loaded by local animal control services at a large scale; the traces of thousands of individual dogs are disappearing, while people just believe they eventually are sterilized and released somewhere outside to live. The last is an urban legend, indeed.
It breaks our hearts to see the treatment of some of the animals in Bulgaria. Our neighbors lock up their puppy in a shed and never take it for a walk. Poor thing cries all day it's so lonely. Animals have feelings. Also, other countries don't have strays wandering the streets to get run over by the traffic with drivers who don't slow down when a dog crosses the road. Please adopt a dog and give it a nice warm home. (And isn't spaying your pet more humane than having unwanted and abandoned animals?)
Would be next the correct link? <a href="http://en.animalprograms.org/international-bodies-to-confront-the-dog-dumping-policy.html">http://en.animalprograms.org/international-bodies-to-confront-the-dog-dumping-policy.html</a>
It should be seen an ongoing for-profit trend in the stray animal control performed in Bulgaria and especially in Sofia. And turning on enough NGOs into QuANGOs (quasi-autonomous non-government organizations). For instance, Vier Pfoten / Four Paws agreed in 2012 with mayor Fandykova on enhancing Bulgaria's dog pound capacity implicitly (several striking changes in the Ordinance 41). See this case described in a circular letter: <a>http://en.animalprograms.org/international-bodies-to-confront-the-dog-dumping-policy.html</a>.
I agree with your comments kuzmanov about Vier Pfoten (Four Paws Foundation).
They don't really seem to be that interested in the matters of most importance here in Bulgaria. I don't think they operate here totally independently and are influenced by those in Government or Power - or they certainly do not want to speak up to them.
They themselves have power but don't seem willing to use it.
I don't see anything of great importance they do - they could help here in many ways, but just don't seem interested in anything but publicity for themselves.
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Vier Pfoten (Four Paws Foundation) should made enough effort in stray animal advocacy instead of becoming more popular through photo exhibitions. In Bulgaria, there is a lack of substantial measures relevant to the humane companion animal management such as appointing animal control officers (a.k.a. dog warden services), mandatory wearing an ID tag in public place (both owned and unowned dogs), and obligations for animal shelter managers to submit annual reports on animal intake and discharge numbers. Bulgarian Animal Programs Foundation is proposing these effective steps, while Vier Pfoten did not.