Ukraine launches program to sterilize stray dogs before Euro 2012

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Following a storm of protest by animal rights activists over the culling of stray dogs, done to tidy the streets of Kiev prior to the Euro 2012 football tournament, a dog sterilization program has been launched.

Street cleaning squads, sent to tidy the streets of Kiev before the arrival of international fans, were killing stray dogs, provoking outrage from animal rights groups. According to the London Evening Standard activists reported dogs were being poisoned, incinerated alive, and hanged, with more than 12,000 animals slaughtered in Kiev in the last year.

The charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) drew attention to the issue last year, urging the Union of European Football Associations to become involved. PETA’s campaign resulted in German footballplayers joining in demands that the city use humane methods to deal with the problem of stray dogs.

Naharnet reports that the animal rights activists have now succeeded in their demands for more humane methods to be used as a program of sterilization is launched. Vier Pfoten (Four Paws) is launching programs in Kiev, Lviv, Kharkiv and Donetsk, each of which will host matches in the football tournament.

Four Paws representative Nicolas Entrup said “The idea here is to use the atmosphere, the world’s focus and the European championship to develop something very, very long term.”

He added “Our ambition is here to provide a positive solution, a positive program where people work together with animal welfare, activists as well as veterinary experts. It’s a positive program to stop the killing of stray dogs, to decline their population, so the relation between people and animals can flourish and be positive.”

Some locals remain worried that sterilized stray dogs may still attack people. Katya Gorchinska, the victim of a dog bite, said “Sterilization is all well and good, but dogs don’t use their genitals to bite you.”

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Help Stop the Mass Dog Killings in Ukraine – Please Sign Petition

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The 2012 European Football Championship is just about to start, and the host countries, Poland and Ukraine, have been busily preparing for a surge of sports tourism. In Ukraine, that means shocking efforts to reduce the number of homeless animals across the country in an attempt to hide the country’s neglected and abandoned dogs from tourists.

Animals are poisoned, shot, and, in some cases, even burned alive. Authorities in Lysychansk, Mariupol, and other Ukrainian cities use a cremation truck, which has even advertised on national television. The animals are caught and then shot or anesthetized and thrown directly into the cremation truck!

Even the Union of European Football Associations, which PETA Germany contacted in 2009, sharply criticized the cruel practices of Ukrainian authorities and offered financial support to animal protection advocates to neuter animals. Ukrainian authorities have reacted to the efforts of animal rights advocates with repressive measures: They have put pressure on animal activists to stop the international protest!

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BAYWATCH babe Pamela Anderson has urged Euro 2012’s organisers to step in and stop Ukraine killing thousands of dogs for the tournament.

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The model today directly appealed to UEFA’s president Michel Platini to put an end to the slaughter, carried out to clean up the streets for the contest.

Blonde Pam, 44, spoke out after The Sun exclusively featured an investigation from animal rights group PETA on the cruelty.

The actress decided to hit back when she saw new footage from the German branch of the charity showing the heartless slayings are still going on.

In the letter to Mr Platini she said: “As the event’s host, UEFA is responsible for the suffering that animals endure for the sake of this football championship.

“UEFA should function as a role model for all parties involved in this event and take a stand in support of protecting Ukraine’s homeless animals.

“Please show cruelty to animals the ‘red card’ by demanding that the Ukrainian government stop the mass killings of homeless dogs.”

Pam’s intervention came after investigators discovered dogs were still being shot, poisoned and hanged by street-cleaning squads.

It is still going on despite Ukraine’s environment ministry in November urging the country’s municipalities to stop and build shelters for them.

The slayings disgusted millions of Sun readers when we revealed the investigation’s findings in December last year.

Ukraine is co-hosting the tournament but there is no evidence of any wrongdoing in Poland.

UEFA said it had done everything it could to stop any problem but told The Sun it would look at any new evidence.

A spokesman said: “UEFA has repeatedly contacted the Ukrainian authorities, asking for appropriate measures to be developed that respect the dignity of animals.

UEFA also made a donation to the Kiev branch of the Society for the Protection of Animals to help finance its activities and has acted as a link between specialised animal protection entities and the authorities to allow for adequate solutions to be put in place.

“Following several encounters between UEFA and the Ukrainian authorities, the environment minister of Ukraine, Mykola Zlochevsky, officially announced an immediate ban on the killing of stray dogs.

“The Ukrainian authorities also informed that animal shelters would be built and that animals that could not be housed there would be sterilised before being released. New laws will also be adopted to make it compulsory for city mayors to enforce such new regulations or run the risk of facing prosecution.”

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