Bulgarian Party Wants to Legalize Killing of Stray Dogs in Self-Defense

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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Party Wants to Legalize Killing of Stray Dogs in Self-Defense Volen Siderov, leader of the oppositional nationalist Ataka party. Photo by BGNES

The Bulgarian nationalist Ataka (Attack) party has proposed legal amendments that would allow citizens to attack and kill animals in self-defense.

The proposed amendments come after the latest horrific accident at the end of March in which renowned 88-year-old economist Boteo Tachkov was brutally assaulted and almost killed by an aggressive pack of stray dogs in Sofia's Malinova Dolina district.

The accident triggered public outrage, as the city has been struggling to cope with its increasing stray dog population for years now. There are about 10 000 officially registered stray dogs in Sofia, even though some believe the number to be much higher.

"We propose the killing of animals that have killed a human or harmed a human in any manner not to be treated as animal cruelty," Ataka leader Volen Siderov said on Monday, as cited by dariknews.bg.

"If a hunting group goes and exterminates the pack in Malinova Dolina, this should not be treated as animal cruelty," he declared.

Individuals who premeditatedly kill an animal in Bulgaria face up to 1 years in jail and fines between BGN 1 000 and 3 000; those hurting an animal will face probation and the same fines. For repeated cruelty and extreme cruelty the penalty is up to 3 years behind bars and fines between BGN 2 000 and BGN 5 000.

On Monday, Siderov also demanded that Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova resign over her inability to cope with the stray dog issue.

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#3
Seedy - 3 Apr 2012 // 10:31:13

Is there any chance of that nice Mr Siderov extending this idea of "proactive self-defence" to muggers, Gypsies, pickpockets, burglars?

If so, how about Ataka skinheads, tax inspectors, traffic cops, people who cut me up at traffic lights......and that smarmy git Parvanov? ;)

#2
sa-sha - 3 Apr 2012 // 10:05:07

"We propose the killing of animals that have killed a human or harmed a human in any manner not to be treated as animal cruelty,"-
impressive. Especially "animals...harmed a human in any manner....."
Possible results are obvious: "that damn dog barked/growled/stared
fixedly & agressively/etc.........And the killed dog won't reply, they can't speak at all, even alive ones, those damned dogs...

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bogomil - 2 Apr 2012 // 21:47:48

There again, Mayor Fandakova needs only to phone the mayor of Burgas for the stray-dog solution, as there are no stray dogs in Burgas..
Ataka represents an impressive 4% of Bulgarians, but can we hold off before starting a shooting war in our public parks?

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