Outraged Humans, Canines Target Bulgaria's Agriculture Minister over Stray Dogs

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Bulgaria: Outraged Humans, Canines Target Bulgaria's Agriculture Minister over Stray Dogs Animal rights NGO activists dressed as dogs protested in Sofia against the new regulations for stray dog treatment. Photo by BGNES

A major protest rally of animal rights NGOs, Sofia residents, and pets has been staged in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, targeting the latest regulations on the stray dog issue initiated by Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov.

The problems with the several dozens of thousands of stray dogs roaming the streets and outskirts of Sofia has become especially acute after several recent incidents, prompting Agriculture Minister Naydenov to amend an ordinance, thus allowing municipalities to construct dog shelters fasters and more easily.

Back then the minister explained that "risky" stray dogs will be collected and euthanized, while the rest will be taken to shelters and people willing to adopt them.

These amendments, however, were protested in downtown Sofia on Friday, in a rally entitled "Game Over", with banners demanding "zoo police" and blaming the authorities for violating the legislation for four years.

The outraged protesters tabled a declaration against proposed amendments to the Animal Protection Act, claiming the changes would bring "medieval measures" for resolving the stray dog problem.

They insisted on drafting a "national strategy" for managing the population of unattended dogs with the participation of the NGOs that will provide for castration and returning the dogs to the spots where they live.

"Sofia Municipality is one of the few municipalities that is doing its job. We are witnessing how Minister Naydenov is not doing his job because dogs from other regions are brought to Sofia," stated Nadya Stancheva from Animal Rescue Sofia, who also manages a dog shelter in Gorni Bogrov, a Sofia quarter.

She said there are stray dogs with implanted chips roaming the Sofia streets but there is no way of finding out who there owners are since there is no data base of the microchips.

"If Minister Naydenov doesn't want to do his job, he must be replaced by a person who is not lazy. None of us here wants aggressive packs of dogs in the streets. I manage a shelter and I know how hard it is but not single dog that got out of our shelter has become aggressive," she added.

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bogomil - 23 Apr 2012 // 23:50:23

Sure, more diversions from the real problem, which is a worthless Sofia Mayor who is not fit for office..
Well, Sofia got what they voted for, so they must like their nasty little place..
Thankfully, many of us in Bulgaria's livable cities don't have to worry about killer mongrel dogs, or worthless mayors..

Yane - 23 Apr 2012 // 19:17:12

Whatever they are doing, it ain't working, just wipe them out and sell the meat to Korea, problem solved n BG get a profit in the bargain :)

kuzmanov - 21 Apr 2012 // 14:02:42

"Sofia Municipality is one of the few municipalities that is doing its job." It is a false statement. What City Hall and its satellyte NGOs are doing actually in last decade? Just collection and untransparent disposition of roaming dogs, lost included. In recent five years, a total of 26,000 dogs have been reported as caught in Sofia. So what happen to them, and is it the worldwide practice best known as Pound Seizure?
>> In fact, across the country there is a well established Animal Rescue System Bulgarian Style instead of a true animal advocacy movement. In last decade, in Sofia, Shumen, Dobrich etc. there has been a trend by NGOs to "rehome strays in Switzerland, Germany or Netherlands". The dog activists obviously exist due to pet over-reproduction, and rely on Dog Farming, Miroslav Najdenov, Bojko Borisov, and Jordanka Fandykova.
-- Emil D. Kuzmanov

Pam - 21 Apr 2012 // 13:02:59

It actually is the people protesting who are working their asses off to get dogs off the street and rehomed. They are working their asses off to clean up after the lazy asses who dump their dogs out into the streets. Perhaps go to Bogrov and see for yourself how hard work it is. What are you doing to positively fix the problem (besides complaining while sitting on your ass?). Go to Bogrov and volunteer then!

Yane - 20 Apr 2012 // 20:44:06

They can move their asses to go protest, but where were they all this time when dogs run wild? Why don't they fix the problem instead of protesting.


sa-sha - 20 Apr 2012 // 19:11:11

.....to kill all those unnececery dogs and no problem any more.
So simple, so fair...Он сон мой разгадал~Our dream is read Vivat.


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