Walkovers for animal control services as animal welfare collapses
First published in Indymedia UK, 17 July 2013
A historical perspective behind all "controversies" between Bulgaria's infamous players in the animal welfare field - both competent authorities and quasi-autonomous non-governmental organizations involved in animal control operations - shows their similar disregard for the illegal dog farming already established in Bulgaria and particularly in the capital Sofia, whether major stray population may be available on the street or may be quickly dumped in newly opened shelters. Indeed, Sofia animal shelter system presents a pattern of opacity and follows for decades a plain policy of routine collecting and unreported and uninspected disposition of tens of thousands stray dogs, lost included.
Once a dog is being impounded, we just could imagine the fate of man's best friend. From selling him/her to the shady partners of animal shelter system - the illegal dog dealers; to caging the pet in a research facility; or using him/her as a bait-dog in the dog fighting network well tolerated by the government.
Bulgarian Animal Programs Foundation is speaking out on this unusual industry in last decade, while both the officials and their closest stakeholders are always prioritizing issues that would provide minor, even none impact on pet population management and general companion-animal welfare.
We must see the lack of special legislation regarding animal shelter accountability as a crucial factor in failing to curb the dog population dynamics. Legislation amendments similar to relevant laws already existing in Northern Ireland, Michigan, and Virginia, were proposed by Animal Programs in mid 2011, but Prime Minister Bojko Borisov did not consider this until leaving office in March 2013. See Proposal >>