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No Animal Cause Considered by Bulgaria's Top Men

Emil D. Kuzmanov | 04.06.2010 23:04 | Animal Liberation | World

Six years after Bulgaria's joining the European Council's Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, government has done nothing to restrict the massive cat and dog breeding and black-market pet trade, pet theft and illegal collecting and transferring of abandoned animals, and supposed money laundering.

Bulgaria's President, Georgi Pyrvanov, had violated the law during his 2008 visit in Uzbekistan and can be deemed a poacher, the Uzbek journalist, Gulasal Kamolova, told radio Deutsche Welle yesterday. He killed a wild mountain goat, the "arhar" - a protected animal, registered in the endangered species "Red Book."

Until 2009, PM Bojko Borisov was Mayor of Sofia. Between 2006 and 2009, there were no lost dogs reported as reunited by the City Animal Control Services.

In fact, Bulgarian top politicians hide the Europe's darkest and bleakest animal welfare secret. Cat and dog populations in Bulgaria count near three million animals. Their annual birth rate remains around 100 per cent and most of redundant pet animals are doomed to a short lifespan. While the euthanasia is banned in Bulgaria, they are just waiting to endure long extremely painful and torturous deaths wherever that may be on the street, in the unlicensed laboratories or illegal fur factories. For instance, eleven unowned dogs were put to agonize by poisoning in the Pernik city downtown, Bulgarian media reported in mid-March 2010.

Below are linked two videoshots in the Sofia municipal dog pound of 2008-2009 posted in Youtube by Milena Makedonska. Author witnessed that unwanted puppies were impounded almost every day and were just left to die with no food and medical care provided.


The main goal of Animal Programs Foundation is decreasing the dynamics of cat and dog populations in Bulgaria. The foundation activities are focused on dealing with two key factors - both authority's reluctance to launch effective companion animal management and people's misconception in pet breeding, supply and demand.

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