Scandal: ASPA is still killing stray dogs
Although both the catching and the killing of stray dogs has been illegal in Romania since June 20th, the Bucharest Animal Protection Authority (ASPA) is still catching stray dogs in the streets of Bucharest - torturing and killing them in atrocious manners. Besides harming the stray dogs, employees of ASPA have also been behaving violently towards animal protectors as well: On the evening of July 7th, Răzvan Băncescu, Head of the ASPA, brutally hit a young female animal lover who was on the streets of Bucharest, trying to defend stray dogs from being caught and killed. The act was recorded by an eyewitness and published by all major media in Romania.
FOUR PAWS filed a legal complaint against ASPA
The day after the brutal attack, FOUR PAWS filed a legal complaint against ASPA management. The complaint referred to the acts of abuse of authority, embezzlement and unlawful killing of animals. Gabriel Paun, Director of Campaigns at FOUR PAWS, is appalled by the latest scandal: “There are no legal loopholes. Killing of stray dogs is illegal. Băncescu brutally kills stray dogs. He has punched and kicked a person who was defending the animals, to the point that she needed medical care. This man is a danger to the public, for both people and animals. Such behavior by public authorities is intolerable. ASPA’s activities are paid for by public funding, and it is scandalous that both the police and the Mayor of Bucharest support the violence and the breaking of the law, without taking punitive action. We cannot tolerate this, so we are taking legal steps.”
FOUR PAWS is appealing to Romania’s officials
Following the decision of the Appeal Court of Bucharest on June 20th, the application norms of the killing law were suspended. Thus, the law cannot be applied. FOUR PAWS is appealing to all the city halls and the institutions to respect the decision of the Romanian justice system -- decisions that are universally applicable and that uphold Romania as a constitutional state.
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