In Ukraine there are tens of thousands of stray dogs living on the streets. They are still being killed – beaten with sticks or poisoned and burnt in mobile incinerators. During the preparations for the European Football Championship, horrifying images were published that shocked the public across Europe.
The large number of abandoned animals cannot be reduced by applying such cruel methods. A study published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which sums up the results of a perennial study on stray killings, offers a sober note: “In no place of observation the killing of dogs, no matter in which way it was carried out, had any perceptible long-term influence on the number of dogs living there.”
The FOUR PAWS solution
FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care is a proven, animal friendly strategy that reduces the suffering of strays. One FOUR PAWS team can neuter several hundred strays in one place within a week, which is cheaper than killing and disposing of them.
After a long period of negotiation, on 3 February 2012, FOUR PAWS and the Ukrainian Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Mykola Zlochevskiy signed an agreement for a humane solution to regulate the populations of stray dogs. Mykola Zlochevskiy assured FOUR PAWS of his support for the neutering project. “The overpopulation of the stray dogs is a huge problem in Ukraine. We are looking forward to cooperating with FOUR PAWS”, said the Minister.
The neutering projects started at the beginning of April. The mobile clinics were driven all the way from Vienna to Kiev. They will stay in Ukraine at least until the end of July. We have been working with local veterinarians, universities and international experts to deliver this project. Local veterinarians and animal keepers will be trained, in order to continue the project permanently. We only work in cities and areas that have agreed to stop the mass culling.