Worldnewsforlife.wordpress.com is a very interesting blog dealing with all kinds of recent world’s news. Following their blog, I noticed an article that made me think.
The article ‘Stray dogs in Ukraine killed before Euro 2012 soccer championship, activists say’, posted on October 24, 2011reveals the situation in Ukraine before the Euro Soccer Championship 2012. The author precisely depicts how Ukrainian authorities solve the problem of straying dogs in Kiev and other big cities. The authorities have been already accused of illegal and inhumane methods of killing stray dogs that suffered from agony before they finally perished.
How can brutal doings like that still occur in the 21st century of our society?
There is a simple reason, I guess, for these inhumane actions: The cities of Ukraine shall be represented in perfect condition by summer 2012, gleam with modernity, cleanliness and order.
To conform to western standards?
Yes, this is a legitimate approach, but don’t we have to reconsider what we are acutally willing to pay for that?
There is obviously the target to clean out the cities, sterilization of straying dogs in order to control the rising birth rate is cost-intensive and not feasable in the short run.
Euthanizing these animals? Mostly, too expensive.
The current situation reveals that dogs are being poisened with banned substances which lead to cardiac and respiratory arrest and muscular cramps. Mobile crematoria are used as well, bruning dongs – abandoned or not – in the streets of Kiev. „Caputre and kill“ seems to be the parole.
Illegal drugs to „get rid“ of living beings simply to conform to western standards to enhance a country’s image? Are the authorities of Ukraine really immensely under pressure and can’t they reorganize their objectives differently?
Having read several post on that issue, I can comprehend the Ukrainian motives and intentions. Being the host of the EURO 2012 Soccer Championship breeds also several advantages for Ukraine’s economy and is generally a big chance for this country. This fact certainly leads to high temporal and financial pressure. In addition, a whole infrastructure has to be constructed or renewed , this means new hotels, streets, stadiums have to be built in a short time. From my point of view the Ukrainian authorities must be overwhelemed with the current situation not possessing proper means to realise the objectives they have.
Nevertheless, I cannot advocate that straying dogs are being slaughterd. This is inhumane and barbaric. How can we enjoy our European nationalities play football, celebrating when our country wins and watch EURO 2012 tourist walk Ukrainan streets and party? THIS CANNOT BE TOLERATED. The price of thousands dog lives is simply too high simply to create a „cozy place“ of enjoyment and pleasure.