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Objet: Bulgary : Stop the Illegal Farming of Stray Animals in Sofia!
The Municipality of Sofia
The Public Ombudsman of Sofia
The Prosecutor General of Republic of Bulgaria
I FULLY ENDORSE THIS LETTER
PLEASE STOP THE FARMING AND CRIMINAL TRADE OF UNWANTED, STRAY AND KIDNAPPED
ANIMALS Vos coordonnées !
An Open Letter to the Mayor of Sofia
by Emil Kuzmanov
Concerning: Stop the illegal farming of stray animals in Sofia
After the 1989, a huge number of unregistered dogs of unknown origin
(fertile and sterilized) started to appear constantly in the streets of
Sofia. Most of them lived outside for some time, receiving food and water
from the people. Some of them disappeared without a trace; other fallen for
a short period of time in the Municipal Shelter, where very often they
disappeared too. In their place new dogs appeared in the streets and their
destiny was the same.
Obviously the inadequate policy of the Municipality of Sofia in the area of
animal control served to the interest of the criminal industry, using pet
animals. Sofia was turned into a farm for stray animals. More over - most of
the owners of lost dogs did not find their pets in the Municipal Shelter.
You are an ambitious politician with a very high popularity on a national
level. Since your election for a Mayor of Sofia in 2005, your intentions for
saving the life of the stray/neighbourhood dogs are loudly proclaimed.
Unfortunately, you haven't taken any effective measures for the restriction
of this process. Even you avoid to discuss the World's accepted basic
no-kill/low-kill solutions i.e. registration, early-aged sterilization,
re-homing, licensing of breeders and dealers.
Meanwhile, after accession of Bulgaria in EU Sofia became one of the largest
cities in the EU. But Sofia continued to look more like a decaying Oriental
city rather than a modern European capital. The stray problem is similar to
that under the rule of your predecessor Mr Stefan Sofianski (1995-2005) -
the appearance and disappearance of unwanted dogs continued, there is no
statistic information about them, the disappearance of the lost dogs also
Because of the listed above reasons, a review and change in the current
policy of the Municipality of Sofia in animal control is needed. You must
make an effort to restrict the illegal farming of unwanted animals and
kidnapping of owned animals.
Please remember that the legal control needs transparency and strict
accounting. You must order permanent inspections of the situation with stray
and lost animals, including the activities of the doubtful non-government
organizations in Sofia. You must order establishing a register of the
neighbourhoods. The exact amount of stray animals in every district must be
verified and also the number of animals, collected in the shelters. The
movement of the animals - newly appearing and disappearing - must be
calculated. The data from these inspections must be freely accessible for
The Animal Programs Foundation of Bulgaria