Romania has a PR Problem, 3rd September 2013

ImageYesterday a small child was killed by dogs outside a park in Bucharest, having wondered from the park and away from the supervision of his grandmother. Today international media is busy broadcasting the story, supplying background information from the local police  quoting 1100 bites to people by stray dogs January to April 2013 and at least 2 further deaths by strays….but guess what, they have to go all the way back to 2011 to find a further example and right back to 2006 to find yet another.  Any other country has more deaths per year “caused by dogs” than Romania, so the strays are not the problem. Last night, under the cover of darkness the killing of strays began in Bucharest as revenge for the little boy who died. The authorities using the story as an excuse to kill, having gained a brief moment of international sympathy.  Let me tell you this; if the local authorities want to use the world media want to wage war on strays, they will NOT win.  The world needs to know the truth which is a far cry from this single tale of human tragedy. The cruelty by the majority of Romanians towards its stray population unimaginable and the world should be weeping for the dogs. Romania is hell on earth for dogs and for the harassed rescuers who are brave enough to try and help the dogs to a better future. Most children will learn early to kick, beat and kill puppies and kittens for fun.  Public shelters have hundreds of tragic dogs; sick ones, pregnant ones, old ones lying around in their own faeces given little or no water or food. Some are injured with broken backs and legs from being mistreated by the Shelter staff and dog catchers.  After a few days if they live that long, they are simply wacked with blunt instruments and killed.  Often, the shelter will close for a few days to carry out these barbaric acts away from the attention of the public or the media. Every day in Romania, tiny Puppies and kittens are torn from their mothers and dumped in the field…or rivers or directly in to waste bins for crushing when the waste truck comes around. There are countless examples, it happens daily and you will soon find albums on my FB page of these.  The albums will be updated regularly, so you can see I speak the absolute truth.  On the streets, desperate dogs “fight” every day to find food and water and shelter, driven by instinct to save their puppies, most of which, will not survive even so. Most people walking the streets will not even give a bowl of tap water to a thirsty dog.  It is no less than a travesty and Romania is the shame of Europe. The life of a stray in Romania is a daily hell with only the promise of an even more agonising death to come. Why is it so?  Well you would think the ca. 500m Euro the European Union aimlessly throw at Romania every year ear-marked for this would help and assist in a good solution, both for the stray and human populations and this problem would be long gone? It is not however, thanks to the fact the money doesn’t ever reach the dogs.  With 500m Euro, Romania could spay 20m dogs at the current rate of ca. 25 Euro per dog.  Romania doesn’t have 20m dogs so there would be plenty of money left over to help the stray population; build water stations, feeding stations and shelters that are NOT killing stations, but of genuine help to the dogs.  This nasty, backward country chooses not to…the money disappears like sand through fingers, quietly into pockets where it doesn’t belong.  Dear Romania, I am telling you, you will not win the PR war on strays, I will show the world kind of country you are. One by one, I will write about all of you, the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats who steal the money I, as a working European, help supply.  I am a European citizen and I didn’t sign up for this. Earnest Underdog

One Dead Child, Bucharest 2nd September 2013

Today in Bucharest a child, aged 4 was apparently killed by Strays. My prayers and thoughts are with the family of that poor child and it is sad a child must die to highlight the plight and desperation of the Romanian street dog population.  We must ask ourselves how this happened and what it means.  I am actually surprised it doesn’t happen more often, given that the stray population of starving and totally desperate dogs in Bucharest alone is between 60.000 and 70.000 dogs, who daily gets kicked, maimed and killed by the members of the public who hate dogs.  Why don’t they attack more often, if indeed the child was attacked in the conventional sense of the word?  If I was a dog, protecting my female, my litter of puppies against cruelty, I would have to bite, and often, instead, most strays are friendly, looking for food and affection and a warm place to sleep. The EU currently allocate in the region of 500mill euros per annum to combat the Romanian stray issue….500mill – and yet there is NO improvement in the number of strays or their health and condition….so where does the money go?  The money lines the pockets of officials and mayors in every city in Romania, who in return starve and kill the dogs in their public shelters…the methods of this and the blackmail they subject rescuers to, will be a topic of a blog in the near future, but for now let us focus on the overall subject, the blame for the tragic accident today.  Romania, the state, the officials, the city councils, the mayors are to blame for this. If you had actually taken the money the EU gives you and had spayed the dog population as you were supposed to, there would, today, 2013, not be any strays on the streets of any city….instead you drive flash cars, dine out in posh places and treat the glamorous girlfriend your wives don’t know about to luxury trips and dinners… are to blame with your greed….you alone. That child did not have to die.  Instead we will see dogs used as target practice, puppies killed and maimed as a revenge attack for the child that died.  The blood is on YOUR hands….shame on you, you greedy bureaucrats. I warn you now, I will show all the pictures of dead and tortured dogs to the world as a result of your greed and incompetence.  Try and stop me, I am Earnest Underdog and I have got your ticket.

Valcea, Romania, 29.8.2013

crawling puppy

I had planned to write about the city of Craiova today but events overtook me with the news breaking last night that the mayor and city council of Valcea, another city, were meeting this morning 9am to vote on whether to kill all street dogs indiscriminately in the public shelter when they have been there 7 days. My initial thought upon hearing this was utter surprise that the poor dogs even last 7 days in a public shelter but within a moment Facebook was buzzing last night with activity from animal rights groups and rescuers endeavouring to pressurise the council to abolish the idea. There are suggestions now later today that due to pressure, the vote was postponed. Great, but for how long? It is likely the vote will happen soon with a decision in favour of carrying out the decision. My puzzlement is this? If a city has problems with street dogs and there are many in Valcea and almost every other town and city in Romania, the problem could be solved very easily and most likely at very little public expense by working with all the rescuers and animal rights groups that are willing to take on the dogs that linger desperately in the shelters and on the streets. The dogs would be neutered, put into safe, temporary accommodation, a percentage would achieve international foster and ultimately adoption. It would go a long way towards ending the problem of street dogs once and for all. Considering how many dogs perish on the streets every day, it should be easy to bring the population down by working together. There are a couple of fine examples of this in Romania where the city council has worked with outsiders to improve the situation to the point where there a no or few dogs left on the street. Why don’t the rest? I mean, there are so very many people that want to and CAN help. There are countless charities and non-for profit organisations in the rest of Europe who would step in immediately of invited, but instead always seem obstructed at every turn by local authorities. Why? Mark my words, slaughtering and murdering dogs, often brutally, by starving them to death, breaking legs or backs does nothing for a country’s reputation in a world, where such acts cannot be kept secret and gathers international interest and attention. The world is watching, now more than ever and does not approve. That very same lack of good reputation costs vast sums in tourist revenue and international goodwill. The losses are no doubt more than the annual earmarked EU funds (which don’t reach the dogs). It cannot go on, even the EU will eventually clock on to the lack of improvement and will listen to the horrors going on. In all seriousness, not dealing with the issue of street dogs humanely, is a short term plan that doesn’t work. No one goes to Romania as a tourist….I know not a single person who has been there for fun. Personally I would never be able to walk around and enjoy the local sights whilst confronted with starving and injured dogs and cats -or begging impoverished people, for that matter. I have friends who refuse to re-visit Bulgaria for the very same reason, after just one trip. Bulgaria and Romania, are shooting themselves in the foot by trying to deal with their problems so brutally. I would encourage both countries to show some compassion and foresight and create some international goodwill. Back to Valcea, the city council and mayor have got an outstanding opportunity right NOW, this instant, to change things for the better. The postponing of the vote is a tiny but important step and I kindly urge the members to consider working with the rescue groups at your gates and create some happy endings for dogs and your city. Please, consider it, pick up the phone, email and communicate, start right now for the sake of dogs and humanity. It IS possible to achieve this. There are so many that are ready to help you and whose respect YOU, the city council could earn by taking this step. In one stroke, you could take a giant step towards a better future for your city and become a model for others. Please let us help you, we really want to. I hope to hear from you, I am Earnest Underdog.

Welcome to Civilised Europe – Are you sitting comfortably?

Welcome to Civilised Europe - Are you sitting comfortably?

I am a European from a member state and I am angry beyond words. Every day I see the indifference of the EU Commission towards the stray dogs in its member states, in particular Romania and Bulgaria. I witness the lack of will to confront these member states, who are blatantly mistreating their stray population by the thousands, if not millions. Its not acceptable to me, I will not stand by and watch anymore. I am going to name and shame all those responsible one by one. This is my mission, I will stop only when the killing and mistreating stops and when I see those responsible punished. Every day, those responsible will be published here, named and shamed. Feel free to write to me with names and information, pictures and statistics. I am also going to expose those who know, see and do nothing within the EU…if you don’t believe me and the validity of my mission, take a look at the picture…its just another street dog in a cage like so many others, riddled with Dermodex mange, starved and thrown into a cage in a public shelter by dog catchers who happily break backs and legs before they toss the dogs in their vans. This poor dog will be dead in a few days without water or food in a socalled “Shelter”. Public Shelters are death camps, no more, no less. This is the lot of the street dogs in uncivilised places a shame on Europe – Romania and Bulgaria, both receiving vast sums from the EU to tackle their problems. The sad thing is, the funds are never used to help the stray population, they line the pockets of minsters and majors in countries and cities. Mark my words, these countries have no interest in solving the problem, because if they do, the funding will stop. Are we talking about a lot of money? You bet!!! , the annual funding could have gone a long way towards bailing out Greece during the financial melt-down. Enjoy my blog, it will get ugly