Friday, 18 April 2014

Whistleblowers expose ASPA



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See Translation below.

4 former dog catchers in Bucharest have debunked yesterday the violent methods of catching stray dogs, accusing the leadership of ASPA that bound them to catch as many animals regardless of the methods without having to provide a minimal training. They revealed that sometimes the dogs stood and 14 hours in machines up to download, and some of them were killed at the shelter because of the extremely harsh treatment. Regardless of whether your animal settle the ASPA 219 euro/animal captured.

To these accusations, Coordinator of the ASPA, Răzvan Băncescu retorted that "trapping methods are not the most elegant, but are the laws". FOUR PAWS calls for SLAUGHTERING ANIMALS to interfere and verify the "legality" of such methods that lead to the death of animals. We remind that according to the law, wounding and maiming of dogs is strictly forbidden during the capture.

Former dog catchers of the Bucharest City Hall disclosed yesterday the brutal methods used for capturing the stray dogs and accused the Authority for domestic Surveillance and Animal Protection (ASPA) to force them to capture as many dogs as possible, without tranquilisers, without proper instructions and generally regardless of the methods used. They also said that the dogs were spending even 14 hours inside the vans befor being discharged to the public dog pounds and some of them were already dead because of the violent treatment. No matter the physical condition of the animals, the three private companies hired by ASPA were charging over 50 euros per captured animal.

The ASPA coordinator, Rachid Baba, replied that "the capturing methods are not the most elegant, but they're according to the law". FOUR PAWS ask the National Veterinarian Authority Sanitarian to check the "withthe" of these deadly methods, reminding that, according to the law, hurting the animals during capture is strictly forbidden. 

By now over 8,000 stray dogs were captured by ASPA catchers. 3000 of them were already killed.

Romanian public dog pounds abusing dogs.

Watch the video here.

A new shocking video filmed inside the public dog pounds of Bucharest (Kendrick and Maharaj) and broadcasted by the media shows the extremely cruel treatment of these animals, which are beaten, badly handled and left to die in agony by the city hall employees. The dogs has tortured "for fun" and, according to the wintesses, one of the veterinarians of publid dog pound Maharaj was dubbed "Dr. Mengele" because of his sadistic methods. FOUR PAWS filed complaints to the Police, the National Veterinarian Authority and the City Hall of Bucharest asking to investigate and punish all the people responsible of these atrocities, including the heads of the Authority for domestic Surveillance and Animal Protection (ASPA) which are breaking the law at daily basis.



Friday, 11 April 2014

Mayor of Constanta Radu Peas Arrested.

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‪#‎Romania‬ ‪#‎Constanta‬

Mayor of Constanta Radu Peas was arrested Tuesday night for 24 hours. DNA prosecutors accuse of having taken bribes totalling 175,000 euros from Avraham Morgenstern - a representative of the company that built the campus social housing "Henri Coanda".

In reply to retain mayor, several dozen people gathered in front of City Hall Constanta starting at 10:45. According to Tuesday, protesters came mainly from Henri Coanda social campus. They yells racist chants "Freedom", "We want the mayor", "peas, peas", "We want to Bucharest". Some protesters sheets with slogans such as "DNA, Henri Coanda will fight", "The wind, the rain, Chioru he beat" (spelling it added).
It is not the first protest for release of peas. Tuesday night, more than a hundred residents of campus social Henri Coanda have held a rally to support the mayor of Constanta. One of the protesters said, according to Mediafax, the shares will continue every day until Radu Peas released. The protesters plan to gather signatures to initiate a bill to hold them accountable on magistrates who commit criminal acts.
Radu Peas, arrested Tuesday night for 24 hours.

Prosecutors say that in exchange of 175,000 euros, the mayor of Constanta had intervened for that company to win the tender and increase thereafter, the contract value, with almost 900,000 euros .

Along with Radu Peas was arrested and Avraham Morgenstern, who prosecutors accused of bribery. They will arrive Wednesday in front of magistrates proposing preventive arrest .

" We built the cheapest of Romania houses for the poor and look what I got, shame Basescu! " - Pea said to journalists, gathered in front of the DNA.

Anticorruption prosecutors argue that the 175,000 euros were given into several installments. Then, the money would follow a hidden circuit through accounts belonging to companies off shore accounts in banks abroad, known juridisctii restrictive conditions on international judicial cooperation in criminal matters. For the money, Radu Peas carried out a series of steps that are the responsibility his duties as initiating local council decision, which was favored trading company represented by Avraham Morgenstern. But increasing procurement contract by nearly 900,000 euros, say the investigators, at the request of Abraham 
Morgenstern. The latter was also detained, prosecutors accusing him of bribery.

Radu Pea DNA

Henri Coanda social campus were built before 906 housing for needy people, the investment amounting to 31 million lei . Tuesday night, more than 100 people who live there took to the streets to support it Radu Peas.

Tuesday morning, his house was visited by Radu Peas masked. Investigators were searching for documents, and other evidence in support of the criminal case opened on behalf of the mayor. Pea however, was not at home, but at Bucharest, where he participated in a forum on tourism. Investigators have found a terrace Herastrau Peas. Surrounded by fighters of special forces, the mayor has raised large documents on a table and followed at the DNA. While waiting for his lawyers, Pea smoked and drank coffee at the window of the institution, where he greeted journalists.

Radu Peas

It is the 4th open investigation on behalf Radu Peas. In the first three being investigated in connection with the return of land.

Pea is mayor for 14 years and leader of the PSD Constanta branch 10. During this time his men won all elections, local europarlametare and against competitors. Wednesday, with Avraham Morgenstern, Pea will go before magistrates proposal for preventive detention . This file should be targeted and an MP, judicial sources said Tuesday. And for this reason, proposals for preventive detention shall be settled by the Supreme Court.

Chronology of events on Tuesday, April 8, 2014:

TIME 11:22 p.m. Radu Pea DNA was detained by prosecutors after he was questioned for several hours at the headquarters of the institution. The mayor will be presented the court with a proposal for preventive detention.

19:00 "Radu Pea does not refute. Na reached the DNA with floats, but the gendarmerie vans and initially seem very affected. then relaxed, enjoyed a coffee on one of the windows of the DNA, where it has sent to journalists that his lawyer still waiting. Na gave declarations, but welcomed the jovial journalists. At the end of the day, it may be issued an apprehension order. charges are not clear, but it talks about bribery and influence peddling " , sent the News Pro TV correspondent, Ovidiu Oanta . 17:00 DNA Searches made by prosecutors to City Hall Constanta and Mamaia home Radu Peas ended Tuesday afternoon at 17:00, after about nine hours, leaving investigators with several boxes of documents. Deputy Constanta, Decebal Fagadau said at the end of the search, the authorities have made available to prosecutors all requested documents related to the construction of social housing district "Henri Coanda". He added that investigators were asked, among other things, decisions by the City Council on this campus and building permits. The deputy said the mayor's office was searched and Radu Peas, but that prosecutors " did not find anything there "and City Secretary's office, Marcela Enache, without activity being disrupted City Hall. " I'm also surprised that we have not asked us to send these documents. really I did mention that if you want more information we provide. speak of public documents, decisions of local council approvals and building autotizatii. These documents have been raised in the original , "the deputy said. At around 17.00, anticorruption prosecutors concluded and searches made at the home of the Mother of Pea, where they were raised also several documents.

15:50 Radu Peas mask was raised outside a restaurant in Herastrau, where he was taken to the DNA. those who went up to him and Radu Peas presented its documents based on which the action occurs . After reading the documents, the table on the restaurant terrace Pea went accompanied by masked. 15:00 Pea Radu was brought to the National Anticorruption a van to investigators, being flanked by masked to the entrance of the DNA. Asked if he is afraid of prison, Radu Peas said:

"I'm not afraid of jail, only God." chief prosecutor DNA Codruta Kovesi, said Tuesday that he was prosecuted in case they were made several searches, among them the mayor's house Radu Peas, adding that this case relates to facts within the competence of the Department. "It is a case tool for prosecutors in the central structure of the National Anti corruption Directorate. During the morning were made approximate 12 house searches to certain individuals and a public institution, "said Codruta Kovesi. chief prosecutor DNA did not specify which existing charges in this case, saying only that the object file within the competence aims facts Directorate.

08:00 DNA prosecutors started this morning at City Hall searches shares Constanta Mayor Radu Peas at home. It is a file that acts of corruption are concerned.
Searches are only at the two addresses, namely City Hall Constanta and Mamaia Pea Radu home, located on Lake Ovidiu. Constanta City Hall representatives sent Tuesday morning, a press release stating that searches DNA prosecutors made at the headquarters of the district includes the construction of social housing in the city, Henry Coanda, investigators requesting documents related to the project. The paper presents details of the project district "Henri Coanda" and that in the first phase were built 906 homes for people in need, the facilities mentioned in that each studio or apartment. The press release also states that the investment is about 31 million lei.

" The documents requested by prosecutors are prepared and will be delivered shortly to the DNA , "also mentioned in the press release sent by the City Constanta.
DNA announced Tuesday that prosecutors do searches at 12 addresses in Constanta, Bucharest and Dambovita, including on the premises of a public institution, in a case in which I do research on corruption offenses allegedly committed in 2011 -2013, running with leadership. "Prosecutors National
Anticorruption Directorate - Department for Combating Corruption Offences related crimes conducts a criminal case, aiming suspicion of having committed, during 2011-2013, of corruption offenses and assimilated to corruption by public servants with leadership positions in local , "reads a press release from the DNA.

According to him, following authorization by the court, are made searches at 12 addresses in Constanta, Bucharest and Dambovita, one of which was the seat of a public institution. In this case, prosecutors have received expert support from the Romanian Intelligence Service and Gendarmerie Special Intervention Brigade.

Ponta's reaction about DNA searches Radu Peas
Victor Ponta

PSD leader Victor Ponta commented premier short information searches on DNA prosecutors started when Mayor Radu Peas.
He said "I do not think 7.4 million fail to November "on the number of people who voted to dismiss President Basescu.
Also, the PSD leader said he has a high opinion Radu Peas, like most citizens of Constanta, and claimed that in 2012, after a referendum for dismissal of
President Traian Basescu, "has set off a wave of investigations" that USL is not voted in December. "searches will be everywhere. I have the same position, namely in 2012, after a referendum on that wave of surveys to the idea that, in December, they will not vote for USL and have voted., and now will vote for us. Radu Pea is a man I greatly appreciate, that has been voted many times by citizens Constanta and hold everyone else " said Tip.
Asked whether such DNA accuses political pressure, Ponta said that this is the interpretation of the media and he just said he has a high opinion Radu Peas, like most citizens Constanta.
Social housing scandal in Constanta
Constanta Mayor Radu Peas, said, on March 24, the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) it targets a new investigation on how it was built social housing neighborhood in city hall asking prosecutors several documents related investment, totaling seven million.
" I'll show you today how to make independent and impartial judiciary in the Republic of Basescu. We here address received from the DNA on behalf of the Local Council Administration building which was occupied by Henri Coanda in this neighborhood that we are asked to DNA Bucharest following file resolution, other file I was sending to March la25 purchase agreement and all related documents public procurement procedure relating to this contract, the district bitter Henri Coanda "said then Radu Peas in a conference sustained release social neighborhood.
He said he built the cheapest in Romania, but nevertheless DNA prosecutors check him all over him.
" In Constanta, we built the cheapest in Romania and I still contruiesc, to finish with all the people who are on the street, Basescu DNA controls me and accusing me and the Videanu, which bought ten times more expensive, it has absolutely nothing to do. That impartial justice., I want to ask them so these prosecutors: "Well, indeed, men, May I ask where did you think I even commission and steal 270 euros per square meter, the more we build here? ".'s normally something that happens in this country? Instead Basescu to call and take and build model across Romania as i build here as Not to be people sleeping on the street, they come to investigate me. That country. Here are all the documents that go to DNA to verify today ", said Radu Peas, who said he had not yet been heard in this case.
Asked if knows in how many cases is being investigated by DNA, Pea said she can not keep them count.
"I do not know how many files that can not hold them count.'m Like Buddhist monks. Buddhist monks are not monks like ours for life. They come, they put orange robe and monks as they stand after coming out civilians. so are my files: appear, disappear, open, close it, I can not hold them number " , added peas.
Constanta Mayor said, on April 1, as the criminal records you aim and pull the big port operators, "millionaires" who pay very little land and nearly all "have connections with former or current security".
"Yesterday I had an epiphany and I realized where the frenzy of the prosecutors in our head at Constanta. From the Port, from there we shoot for port operators, the large port millionaires, pay very less novel state land rents paid 20 years ago, paying $ 0.02 per square foot. Harbour when to auction now, to auction 10 times more. All these operators are individuals who have some privatized former state companies and nearly all have ties to former or current security , "said Radu Peas.
Mayor of Constanta given in this example Chimpex society, "which all traffic for Sidex ore from Romania."
" It was privatized in 1997 and was bought by Bali International Group, whose representative in Romania was General Stanculescu and General Dan Dragoi. general boy Dan Dragoi is the former Finance Minister Bogdan Dragoi, current advisor to Basescu., and I can May also give examples of how many companies you want., for example, the drilling platform and all discussions, Basescu's friend, where he was to visit him on the platform, which has now taken a big loan from the CEC for a new platform, another port operator, with high-ranking relations among services and the President " , said the mayor of Constanta.
Pea Radu said that the main fear is that the actions port port operators will loosen and be removed from stock.
" They are scared, primarily private, which will have 34 percent, which would put tiny profits and rents they pay these millionaires in port, for 20 years, Romanian state , "said Radu Peas .
Radu Peas and Victor Ponta
Radu Pea DNA is investigated in three cases related to land restitution , and in 2008 he was indicted for corruption prosecutors, along with other people, all in a folder with restitution, judging it to the Court of Appeal .
Constanta City Hall completed last summer the neighborhood social housing and the inauguration last block was present Prime Minister Victor Ponta. The neighborhood consists of 17 blocks, which house 906 - 339 studio apartments, 396 two-bedroom apartments and 171 three-bedroom apartments. in the 17 blocks home to about three thousand people. The total investment is about 7 million.
Radu serious Pea 2001
Who is Radu Pea
was born on July 5, 1968. In 1991 he graduated from the Navy Civil Constanta, after participating in the 1989 Revolution. During the same period became known as the leader of the League of Students Civil Marina Institute, and the founder and editor of one of the first independent weekly that appeared after the revolution.
Pea In the '90s he built a holding company with print media, TV and radio and has become one of the most popular figures in Constanta. He arrived in Parliament in 1996, but a year later he resigned from the PD. In 2000 he ran for mayor as an independent and won with 66% of the vote, re-elected in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Radu Pea African king
In 2003, Radu Peas joined the SDP and became one of the leading figures of the party. Relationship with the party was but tense, Pea repeatedly threatening to withdraw from the PSD, because the party needs to win elections.
Meanwhile, Pea has built an extremely strong personal brand became famous for its disguises: Spartan Louis XIV, the Turkish sultan but Nazi officer - an outfit that made him known in the media worldwide.
Radu Peas Spartan
Pea displays the models, driving luxury cars, spend even a month per year in Brazil and extreme sports, creating a unique image among Romanian politicians. Made famous but the lack of respect for fellow policy: for example, Titus Corlatean, the current foreign minister, to branded a "sissy crybaby".
View a video portrait of the mayor of Constanta:
Recent years have brought problems but also mayor. They started from the Attorney Daniel Morar, Pea's vision, "chief slugoiul DNA". Since then, land scandals were held chain - without the impedance, otherwise the peas to consolidate its power in the city and, recently, in the port of Constanta, the second largest in Europe, which the Government intends to it subordinated hall pass. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Head of ASPA, shocking statements: NGO's illegally transport dogs in other countries for bestiality



ASPA chief made shocking allegations about the NGO's that deal with the adoption and protection of the stray dogs. Razvan Bancescu argues that NGOs illegally transport stray dogs from Romania to other countries where the dogs are used for bestiality.

The head of ASPA claims that after the dogs are taken off the streets, they are loaded into trucks and taken abroad, where they are subjected to sexual abuse. These are not just isolated cases, says Bancescu, but a whole industry of zoophilia.

"Some get adopted, so that is a success, some end up in temporary shelters from where they are redistributed as needed. Whether for clinical trials or for other adoptions, but we don't know if that really happens, or for zoophilia. (...) Yes, yes, bestiality", said Razvan Bancescu, according to Romania TV.

Thursday night, 400 stray dogs were transported from Bucharest to other countries like Germany, Sweden and Finland. Behind this transport are around 20 NGOs.



Source:
http://www.romaniatv.net/seful-aspa-declaratii-socante-ong-urile-transporta-ilegal-caini-in-strainatate-pentru-zoofilie_136995.html
 

ASPA stole a dog from an old woman with semi-paralysis

Original video in romanian: Description below: "On 03.04.2014 an old woman with semi-paresis was walking with her dog in IOR park Bucharest, Romania. 3 cars full with dogs catchers\killers arrived there and stolen the woman dog. The dog wasn't find in any of the public shelter who belong to ASPA. The people you see in the video are very sick, the woman is with depression and semi-paresis and her husband has a very serious heart disease operated with bypass. They had all the proves that the dog belonged to them he was adopted and now the dog in not in any public shelter. They were even accused by the leader of Mihailesti "shelter" that they sell the dog and now they try to recover him. When they called at the ASPA the phone was hanged up on them. The leaders of ASPA are still in their functions although there are proves that they broke the law. ASPA is the public authority who kills stray dogs. ASPA is subordinated to the Bucharest City Hall ruled by Sorin Oprescu the mayor of Bucharest. ASPA is ruled by Bogdan Treeroiu and Razvan Bancescu who is the godson of Sorin Oprescu, doesn't have studies necessary to rule this authority and he and the other two heads of ASPA are under the investigation of DNA -- National Anticorruption Directorate for a prejudice of 1.000.000 euros. Against Sorin Oprescu, Bogdan Treeroiu and Razvan Bancescu are made many criminal complaint because dogs catcher, private dogs catchers actually who receive 50 euros/dog, stolen many dogs with owners. They used an unorthodox method to count the numbers of dogs from Bucharest and they decided that the number is 65.000 dogs. Due to the fact that dog catchers broke the law by violating private properties with the help of police officers to steal the dogs, by stealing the dogs with owners or entering in private shelters to steal the dogs, we all think that these 65.000 dogs only exists in houses of people, not on streets. Due to the fact that the budget for catching and killing stray dogs is huge this year (2014) -- almost 7.000.000 euros, they do all their best to use them even if they have to steal dogs from the arms of the owners. We are very worried that they broke the law using the police officers who in fact are paid to protect us, not to abuse us. Last news was that killing stray dog will be made secret, to give them all the power to abuse animals and people who own the dogs and to steal our money. This is all done with the agreement of our country leaders because they all use their silence to approve this. Similar cases were in Constanta and they seem to expand all over the country because people fear for their lives. We demand the intervention of EU authorities to stop the mass killing of stray dogs and the abuses against animals and people. We must tell you that the other measures to neuter and register dogs with owner was postponed for another year, after 25 years authorities killed hundreds of thousands of dogs without results, not taking real measures to stop and punish abandonment of dogs. The person who conducted this interview (Daniel Tomescu) was banned to enter in public shelters belonging to ASPA because he recorded all the abuses of ASPA's leaders. All public shelters are funded by our money, but they act like they own those places."

The translation of the 48 minute video interview that Razvan Bancescu gave to Lucian Mindruta on 24.03.2014


Original video in Romanian:


http://www.gandul.info/magazin/cine-toaca-banii-pentru-cainii-maidanezi-explicatiile-lui-razvan-bancescu-seful-aspa-in-exclusivitate-la-schimba-vorba-12323954


0:00 Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Glad to have you today on "Schimba Vorba".
Tonight our guest is Razvan Bancescu, project coordinator at ASPA.
First of all, lets remind people where we are (regarding the stray dogs problem)
A couple of days ago a woman was found dead and bitten.
The doctors from I.M.L. didn't figure out yet if she died because she was too drunk or from the bites. She had a 4 promille alcohol concentration in her blood.
On the other hand the woman was found bitten by a pack of stray dogs.

00:51 Razvan Bancescu: I don't know it if was a pack. She was behind a bench in the park.

So the dogs were in a park.

00:58 Bancescu: Yes

So they lived there.

Yes

So after all of this ASPA got into this and started with banning people from adopting stray dogs. On Aspa's website there's a long list that i published on my facebook with the people who are not allowed to adopt anymore. Why aren't they allowed to adopt anymore?

1:25 Razvan Bancescu We would wish the list to be final, to not find anymore cases of abandoned stray dogs (from those taken from ASPA shelters). What we can prove regarding abandonment we posted online

How do you prove people took dogs and abandoned them?

Razvan Bancescu: We have declarations from people who adopt stray dogs, who contain identification and microchip of the dog and who said they will take the dog to a certain address but we either found the dog in the streets (we recaptured them) or we found them at a different address which was not mentioned initially.

2:06 How many dogs are involved in this?

Razvan Bancescu: there are over 160 dogs that we found on the streets.

The list contains people that adopted large numbers of  dogs (110, 120, 172 dogs), like Mrs. Pahomi, the woman who was the holder of some of the dogs involved in this case.

3:03 What is the legal right of ASPA for doing this?

Razvan Bancescu: It's more of a moral right regarding this situation. We can't finish our program if we have these kind of situations.
It's a neverending story like this.



4:57 What's the plan? How did you decide to resolve this issue (the stray dog problem) considering there are dogs on the streets that bite, attack,etc.

Razvan Bancescu 5:09 These measures were drawn up at the end of 2012 and approved in may 2013 by the General council. It's not the death of Ionut in september that determined to take action.

Razvan Bancescu :In 2012 and before there weren't much money at our disposal. But with the new council decisions and the law at the end of 2013 and the publication of the norms....

So you are the dogs catchers also, right?
Razvan Bancescu :Yes, there's no shame about that.

How many people call each day?
Razvan Bancescu: 40 - 45 people and also aprox. 20-25 written petitions. So almost 60 in total.

How many criminal complaints do you get daily from NGO's?
We don't have those daily yet, but we are not far away from it.

Do you have a legal right to do this? The NGO's accuse you that you don't have any right
Razvan Bancescu: For them, anything that comes against their mission is an abuse.

Do you have anything against the protection of animals?
7:06 No, of course not, i have 3 dogs, 1 is a stray dog.

We don't handle 200-300 dogs as shown on TV on RSPCA, handled with care, with gloves, taken in arms.  We catch over 200 dogs daily.

question from the public: What studies do the dog catchers have?
7:53: Sadly there is no school to train dog catchers, we train them. We strive, in all of this routine, to cause no harm.
 
8:14 There are images and videos (on which the NGO's base their accusations) that dogs are ill-treated.
Razvan Bancescu: No, all our equipment is homologated. The most traumatizing technique is the use of the catching pole. They are brought from the U.S. They can be tighten or loosen. It's their marketing.

9:08 There are sensitive people out there who don't agree with these methods. Your plan will never work if the NGO's don't agree with your catching techniques.

Razvan Bancescu: The projects has drawn out lines. The NGO's can adhere to them or not. They had enough time. If they want to help, they should do it regarding adoptions. But responsible adoptions, not just take dogs of because of fear of euthanasia and we find them in the streets again. This part is not negociable.

10:01 People talk about sterilization as a solution to this problem.
Razvan Bancescu:  Sterilization is nothing (dust) in regard to the situation we have now in Bucharest.
How many dogs are in Bucharest now?
Razvan Bancescu:  Over 40.000, We estimated using the extrapolation method. we count the dogs in an area during the day and during the night and we extrapolate that to the area of Bucharest.

40.000?
Well, we started from 65000 dogs. We caught about 12000 dogs until today.
Over half of them were adopted.

11:20  How can stray dogs suddenly appear on a street?
Razvan Bancescu: Dogs migrate in certain conditions from one territory to another. For example, after a couple of rains and depending on the wind direction these territories can change or intersect, but if 2 dogs suddenly appear and they seem confused it means someone brought them. We have this situations on a number of streets. With the help of the new budget we hope to acquire some video cameras and mount them in these areas where citizens report these kind of things.

There is a movie on the internet (shows the video from the ASPA raid in the vier pfoten shelter)

In this movie you enter on a private terrain.
Razvan Bancescu: No, the terrain belongs to ADP district 6
Why did you enter there?
Because the gates were opened for us by the legal owners of the land, District 6 town hall. They were notified of this. It's their problem if they decided to stay or not..i don't know. They had a protocol which also stipulated leaving that base (terrain).

But why did you go there? 


16:28 Yes, all sorts of things happen there, we had info regarding dog trafficking. We didn't know who those dogs belong to. There's an obligation that all dogs be registered.

What does dog trafficking mean? Sounds very weird...
Part of this involves adoptions and international adoptions made just so the dogs can be moved around.
In southern Italy for example they banned international adoptions because they couldn't control this. The Napoli, Sicilia areas.

Ok, so you went there, got the dogs...
Razvan Bancescu: We went there, got the dogs, put them in our vans...
Why?
Razvan Bancescu: Because they don't have any papers for them. If those dogs there get moved anywhere, or on the street i am at risk of being bitten or maybe worse and then we will search for who is guilty..
So they weren't microchipped?
18:15 Razvan Bancescu: just a part. From what i managed to scan on friday, from 40 dogs, only 12 were microchipped.
And these 12 that were microchipped belonged to...?
Razvan Bancescu: We can consider that those people that came to get them out today are their owners and we encourage adoptions, but we want to know (according to the law) who those dogs belong to.


Can NGO's  make partnerships with town halls to take care of the dogs?
18:38 Razvan Bancescu :There is the possibility to adopt. Anything more than this can hurt more, hurt the community. i can give you an example with the same NGO  that had a sterilization program with ASPA. A program dragged from 2010 up until 2012 that we finally started because it was good for us.
Why was it postponed?
Razvan Bancescu: They were gone in Sudan, Ukraine, The Danube delta,etc. Stray dogs counted only when elections came. We had a target, they came and made 20 sterilizations then went off to Sudan, came back and made another 20. We can't make things this way. We notified them to leave the room, they sued us, we won the lawsuit and we will evacuate them

Do you have something against these NGO's? People on facebook say that you are a criminal organization that steals the public money
Razvan Bancescu: there are good and bad town halls and there are good and bad NGO's
ASPA cooperates with other NGO's. We didn't find any problems with them so we will continue with them.
In the list we published there are only a part of the NGO's.

How many NGO's are in Bucharest that handle dogs?
20:46 Razvan Bancescu: Here there's a problem, many appear as NGO's but they don't have a fiscal code and they receive money from donations.
How do you know they receive money from donations?
Razvan Bancescu: Because we watched/followed the transactions on the internet. There are different types of donations. For the well being of the animals (i guess he means for food) and for the adoption preparations in other countries.
These donations should be made with an IBAN code and a SWIFT code. For 2 years since i monitor these, they are made through paypal addresses. I wanted to know why there is such a resistance to not resolve this problem in Bucharest.

I had problems with these NGO's even regarding sterilization.

These donations ended up in the paypal address of the owner of the NGO, for them to take care of the animals or getting them ready for transport.

You say you have evidence, shouldn't we have names also?
Shouldn't you take these evidences to the police?
20:25 Razvan Bancescu: No, there are institutions that received this information. They received this data in October last year.

If these were illegal, don't you think those institutions should have initiated some lawsuits?
23:19: There's a lot of data, we're talking about data gather in over 1 and a half years.

They are investigated by ANAF

I gave a report to the ministry of finances (in september last year) that included the number of NGO's that handled dogs in bucharest in 2001, and there were 7 then. Now there are 58 + 12 or so that don't have a fiscal code.
They don't pay taxes, deceiving, and working without papers.

Show host: But i think most of the NGO's are serious, real and take care of the dogs.

24:33 From our analysis 2001 - 2012, it all started with funds around  136000 euros for these NGO's in 2001 and in 2012, more than 2 million euros in Bucharest.

These money come from donations and international transfers and also the 230 form through which anyone can donate 2% of their taxes.

On what are these kind of money spent on?
Razvan Bancescu: Mainly marketing, meaning how to say that ASPA is not making it's duty, that we are corrupt, because they can't accept that situation of stray dogs in bucharest begins to be resolved. That's their business.

What was ASPA's budget last year?
Razvan Bancescu: 1.6 million euros.

What did you make with this money?

We continued to invest in the Mihailesti shelter, salaries, sanitary materials,veterinarians.

So you helped getting rid of how many dogs with these money?
6000 dogs last year.
Why do we build shelters for them when there is a law that says they must be killed if they aren't adopted?
27:50 Razvan Bancescu: We need them to administrate this problem. We need to catch over 180 dogs/day. We need space for them.
Adoptions help, they usually happen in the first 1,2,3 or 4 days after a dog has been caught.

(then they discuss a few seconds how adoptions rise and fall each month)
Then both he and the show host says that the demonstrations on the 8th of march were chosen badly because it was woman/mother's day and also about a banner that said "Who the fuck is Ionut?"

29:35 This is not how you find ways to communicate with us. There is nothing worse than what they did on the 8th of march.

From what i saw on facebook, there is a certain kind of people who love dogs that don't accept any other rational arguments. For them we are all criminals, they can't understand anything other than sterilizations...Can it be done without killing?

Razvan Bancescu: a wise man from history said "to try to make everyone happy you will fail". We need to satisfy 98.17% of people who live in Bucharest.
Nobody will say on the street that they agree with the killing. it's a taboo thing.

It's logical, there are thousands of dogs, what do we do with them? any lowering of the catching rate means more and more generations and we "feed" this marketing that caused us a lot of harm internationally

What does that mean?

Well, i got messages from the ambassadors from all over Europe about the demonstrations happening there. Their propaganda is full of lies.

What do they say about us?

31:40: Razvan Bancescu: That we started killing before the norms were out, that we kill everything no matter what, that we don't handle them with care. Pictures show up from the 90's, from other countries,etc

Show host: But they have a hero (he refers to Grivita) that dog that got mutilated,

32:12 Razvan Bancescu: I Don't know how it happens but the hero always shows up when they need to. From what i know about dogs, that dog was mutilated long before the killing law appeared. Dogs are naturally curious and keep getting their nose everywhere.
it looks like a petard did that, not a sword.

How many people take the law into their own hands? Do you find dogs that have been killed?

Razvan Bancescu: Yes, sadly we find dogs that are poisoned. We don't encourage that.

That's not how you resolve this issue.

i agree. i think the one who adopts and then abandons is guilty in the same way as that who takes the law into his own hands and kills.

Razvan Bancescu: The problem is the abandonment rate, and i am reffering here to dog breeds not only stray dogs. i saw aprox. 160 abandoned german shepards, rottweilers,cockers,etc in the last 3 months. A dog is not a gadget.
There are various reasons for abandonment: the changing of the status of the family (someone dies, someone gets sick, a child is born,etc), moving. Another special problem is with the dog breeders. There is no control over them. They breed in consanguinity even. These leads to diseases. I also had people phoned me to get them an exactly same dog as the one they had. Also the pet shops, it's not normal for dogs to be sold there.

Show host: Lets get back to stray dogs. I have the following problem. I ride my bike with my kid. I convince him very hard to do this because he is scared of dogs since when he was biten. We pass by a factory. From that yard, each day 6-7 dogs attack me, well..sort of, they bark at me. They don't catch me. i have speed and experience, but it's stressful and it is even more stressful with a child.
I got the phone number of the manager and called him and said to him to do something about this. These dogs are usually kept there by guards to help them during the night. What can i do as a citizen, attacked, against that company?

37:23 Razvan Bancescu: Yes, we have more than 20 of these cases a day. We go there, the dogs retreat on a private property and then the complaints start rolling.

By who? the companies?

No, by the guards helped by NGO's.

Show host: I used to work as a night guard at a factory and i had 2 dogs but i kept them in the shed/bay, they weren't getting out to bark at people in the tram station.

Razvan Bancescu: There are companies that let loose their dogs at night but during the day they keep them locked in kennels. This is what being responsible means. I never saw there a free dog during the day.

Show host: But what should i do if i get attacked at during the night?

Razvan Bancescu: The best way to do it is this: complaint to the police, the police writes to the administrator and the administrator contacts us and so we have the right to get in there.

Show host: But i don't have time to go to the police, to make a complaint...

Razvan Bancescu: That is why we are preparing a resolution of the general council through that will permit us to enter on terrains that permit the stray dogs to retreat there, or dogs from those terrains who come into the public space.

Show host:The NGO's will attack you that you are against the constitution.

Razvan: If they will give us 6 months we will resolve this. After we finish cleaning up the center of the town, we will go to the residential area.

This will be the next target, the dogs that live on the premises, who don't have papers. They retreat on private lands but do damages in public. Everything that concerns the public safety is not negociable.

Show host: i know a place with another pack of dogs, next to which a lady steps down from a very expensive car (more than 50000 euros) with a large bag of food. Suddenly from the open field 10+ dogs came. She was very happy, for her it was the greatest thing.
But what about us that come after her and don't have food?

Razvan Bancescu: Feeding the stray dogs is the biggest mistake one can make. last year we proposed to fine all those that feed dogs. All the NGO's yelled at us, they said it's illegal, mr. Vadim came, mr. Marinescu came...

Show host:  Mr. Marinescu should go knock on a door and ask if the child there has a piece of meat like that

42:22 Razvan Bancescu: He is not interested in that, it doesn't bring him notoriety.

I discussed this thing with some psychologists and i asked them why are people doing this: They said it's a substitute for endorphin and adrenaline.
It's sort of a maternal instinct transferred to the dog.

Show host:You can't fight with this. It's like with the drugs.

Bancescu: The feeding of stray dogs can only be resolved with the "stake", a metaphor for fines and strict regulations, this is how civilization begins.
By feeding them they socialize and form packs.
 
Over 90% of the attacks are made by sterilized dogs and people fed them\

Show host: I wonder if the person feeding the dogs feels he has a guilty conscience?
No, if he had a conscience he would have understood this.

Bancescu: When there are injured people we can only think with the mind (rationaly)

Show host: When i discuss with people on facebook all these rational arguments can't be understood by them.

Bancescu: As i said, you need a "stick", there is no other way.

Show host: I can't believe that...

Razvan Bancescu: In Berlin, in London, you get fined if you feed the pigeons. All that food is a source for other animals, rats for example, is about the safety of the town, it's a disease risk.

Show host: This year you have 3 times more money than last year, how much time until you resolve this problem? how long before i can  be sure that from my house to a park, i can go with my child, riding a bike, that i won't be attacked.

47:22 Razvan Bancescu: on the 31st of march 2015 this project will be finished, meaning 80% of the dogs will be caught and there will be less than 10% of the current bites reports. We now have 67% less bites than last year.

Show host: there is another thing that nobody cares about, all of these animals pee and poo on the street where we walk

Razvan Bancescu: We will have statistics regarding this from Victor Babes institute.

Show host: Thank you everyone for watching. Tonight we discussed about stray dogs with ASPA representative Razvan Bancescu. Tomorrow night....get ready for this...especially I...we will have as a guest a lady from CUTU CUTU association.



 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Brutal Massacre at Four Paws Dog Shelter, Romania.

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On Friday, 21st March 2014, several dog catchers from the Authority for the Supervision and Protection of Animals [ASPA] brutally raided the international animal welfare organisation's [Four Paws] shelter. Shocking images of the barbaric methods used by dog catchers have been splashed across social media over the weekend causing public uproar, and also leading to the creation of a petition to return the dogs to their shelter. The violent action was directed against the paddocks and the shelter in which the clinic is situated. Around 90 dogs were forcibly removed. According to several eye witnesses, at least four dogs died on the spot because of the aggressive handling. The dogs under the care of Four Paws were neutered, micro-chipped and registered. Most of them were already adopted and ready to be transported to their new owners. 




The action of the ASPA dog catchers who vandalised the shelter and the Vier Pfoten paddocks is told by an eye witness that witnessed the entire operation:
Cornel Constantin said, "At around 14:00, 13 ASPA vans came accompanied by policemen. They broke the lock at the entrance of the shelter and they began to destroy the paddock gates, which were locked. They simply destroyed everything. It's hard to describe how brutal the methods used to catch the dogs were. I saw with my own eyes at least 2 dead dogs. After I protested, the dog catchers threatened to beat me. Meanwhile, the police looked at / witnessed all of this without doing anything. I told them that what is going on is not normal, that there are dead dogs. They just told me to relax. After they finished vandalising the shelter, they started destroying the 2 kennels of Vier Pfoten, which were next to the clinic. They trampled the gates and destroyed everything. Luckily I managed to get my 5 dogs that were in the shelter, that I squeezed into my own car"
The defenceless dogs were covered with blood, dragged with clubs and thrown in cramped cages. This was carried out in the presence of the local area police who did nothing. Four Paws said,
"Several dogs were badly injured and some of them died due to violent treatment. The number of the dead dogs is not clear, as we only have statements based on eye witnesses and smartphone quality video footage. At the moment, I think that there are 4 to 6 dead animals, but we will only know for sure after getting the dogs back. The animals choked to death, as catchers intentionally or by their incompetence tightened the lace too much while enforcing the animals. Many dogs, even if they didn't die, were bleeding through their mouth due to being brutally manipulated . Unconscious (or dead?) animals were enforced together with moving animals in small cages".
The true horrors meted out on harmless dogs by an organisation that claims to "Protect Animals" were exposed in broad daylight. Moreover. the film taken demonstrates their cruel, unacceptable and unsympathetic handling of defenceless animals that maybe common practice. The dog catchers were behaving more like "hit men" rather than respected members employed by a local authority. The fact that the ASPA is currently being investigated by the Romanian National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) does not go in their favour at all [ Read the details here ] This is not the first time that Four Paws has clashed with the ASPA. In 2013, access to the clinic was blocked without due explanation. This barbaric raid on Four Paws occurred following the MEP's damning indictment on the mistreatment of Romanian dogs. In addition, on the 10th March 2013, Four Paws took legal steps at the Court of Appeal in Bucharest for the Romanian Government to freeze the killing of stray dogs. The timing of this raid is, therefore, of interest. Four Paws added,
"VIER PFOTEN has a legal contract ongoing with the 6th District City Hall for the stray dogs neutering project and for the use of the veterinary clinic. After their raid on Friday, ASPA representatives still forbid access in the facility. The way the City Hall of 6th District broke the Protocol is completely unexplainable, giving the fact that FOUR PAWS invested money from donations, a lot of effort and time in this project, which was requested by the City Hall. FOUR PAWS so far has neutered over 3,000 dogs in the 6th District. We filed a complaint to the police and we will open a legal action against ASPA. The main accusations: killing and cruelty against animals, theft, sequestration of private goods and vandalism."
More detailed reporting relating to the dispute can be found on Occupy For Animals. On the 24th March 2014, rescuers arrived at the doorstep of Bragadiru public dog shelter. With ASPA's reputation firmly in the gutter and no law to justify their barbaric actions, the dogs were given back to the rescuers. In the interim, no apologies have been issued for the death of the harmless, vulnerable animals. Moreover, no investigation into the brutal conduct of the dog catchers has been announced. Gabriel Paun, Director of Campaigns at FOUR PAWS bravely said,
"The dog catchers killed some, they injured others. We'll do our best to rescue those who survived the massacre again, and we hope to find loving families for them".
Undeterred by the current harassment they have been subjected to, Four Paws valiantly issued a petition asking Prime Minister Victor Ponta to squash all the laws that allow the mass killing of dogs. 

 Original Footage of the Raid on Four Paws 

With thanks to Mr BL.

This was written for the Huffington Post

ASPA and their illegal 'blacklist'

On Friday, 21st of March, the same day that ASPA raided a shelter run by volunteers and vandalized the adjacent VIER PFOTEN clinic in Bucharest, Răzvan Băncescu, head of ASPA -- which stands for 'Autoritatea pentru Supravegherea şi Protecţia Animalelor' and which, ironically means: "Authority for the Supervision and Protection of Animals", THE Romanian authority for the management of stray dogs and which is currently under investigation by the Romanian National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) -- announced that the authority would block adoptions of dogs in certain areas because some dog owners had made false declarations regarding their adoption.

NGOs and individuals who, through false statements or abandonment had not complied with the adoption of stray dogs will no longer be allowed to adopt animals from ASPA shelters, continued Bancescu, and that this ban would come into effect on Monday, 24th of March, 2014. The prohibition would cover 6 NGOs as well as 25 private individuals.

During his TV appearance, Bancescu siad:

1) due to the situation created yesterday -- referring to the woman was found dead, Thursday morning, in a market of Bucharest, with her face destroyed beyond recognition by dogs. As per usual, the dogs were blamed for her death, although the autopsy had not yet revealed the cause of the death of this person. On 21st of March, the day of Bancescu's TV appearance, however, it had been officially announced that the woman died of alcohol poisoning and because she chocked in her own vomit -- the adoptions will be limited and forbidden

2) according to the HCL 145/2013 (HCL is Local Council Decision) the adoptions will be forbidden for the people or organisations which are found guilty of abandonment. (please keep in mind that a HCL cannot supersede a law);

3) individuals or organisations who are found to abandon will be stopped immediately to adopt although the Police and Prosecutor's investigations are not completed;

THE 'BLACKLIST' GREW OVER NIGHT

From the moment that Bancescu made the above statement on Romanian national TV, til ASPA released their "blacklist" the next day, the list had grown from initially 6 to 19 NGOs, and from 25 to 39 private individuals. Just like that... in a matter of hours

NOTHING BUT A FUNNY COINCIDENCE?

ASPA's blacklist has not only been published on the website of ASPA, and in the Romanian newspapers but can also be found on the entrance doors of the public shelters, as shown on our website, in the picture taken by Mihnea Columbeanu, at Bragadiru prison which serves as public shelter, during the release of the 83 dogs on 24th of March, that ASPA had illegally seized on 21st of March, 2014, the same day as they released their illegal 'blacklist'

On top of the list we find the association Cutu-Cutu, who had reported ASPA to the National Anticorruption Directorate, and who has ordered their prosecution on 02/07/2014, under File number 424/P/2013, following 'Cutu Cutu's complaint.

A bit further down, we find also Mr Aurel Ambrozie who had his dog stolen from his arms by dog catchers because he could not present the dog's health card.

On Monday, 24th of March, desperate Mr Aurel Ambrozie, went to Bragadiru prison in the hope to find his dog there. This happened at the same time when the volunteers and Vier Pfoten who had their dogs stolen by ASPA were at the prison, together with reporters and journalists.

In the next pictures on our website, taken by Mihnea Columbeanu, you can see Mr Ambrozie at Bragadiru prison, talking to the media and showing the adoption agreement signed with ASPA for his stolen dog.

ASPA's 'BLACKLIST' IS ILLEGAL!

The problem that we see with this this "blacklist" is that a LCD ( Local Council Decision) can not supersede a law, well... LAWS, in this case.

And this is what the Romanian Animal Protection LAWS say about abandonment:

Preamble

Law 258/2013 modifies and completes the GEO 155/2001 [OUG ) Governmental Emergency Ordinance].

GEO 155/2011 has 17 articles and 5 annexes. GEO 155/2011 has been approved by the Law 227/2002.

First, GEO 155/2011 has been modified and completed by the Law 391/2006: Art 4 and Art 7 (3) were modified.

Law 258/2013 modifies and completes GEO 155/2001 as follow: Art 1 to Art 15 is modified; Another six articles are added after Art 13 of Ordinance 155/2001, namely Art Art 13 1 to 13 ^ 6.

Law 9/2008 modifies and completes the Law 205/2004.

Abandonment punishment

According to the Law 258/2013, Art (2) a) that states:

Art 14 (2) The GMT actions constitute the violations, and they are punished as follows:

“Non-compliance with the provisions of Art 6 alinea (2) [note: Art 6 (2) of law 258] and also the cruelty towards the animals, stipulated in Art 6 (2) of Law 205/2004 with regard to animal protection, with the subsequent modifications and completions [Note: as mentioned in Preamble, Law 205/2004 has been completed and modified by Law 9/2008], [“is punishable by” – this piece of text is missing from the law’s text] jailing from 6 months to 3 years or with a penal fine of 1000 lei to 10,000 lei and the dog is seized”.

Observation:

Art 6 (2) of Law 205/2004 with regard to animal protection, with the subsequent modifications and completions brought by Law 9/2008

* Under the Law 205/2004, Art 6 (2): In the light of this law, by cruelty towards animals is understood:

[...]

e) abandonment of an animal who's existence depends on the care of humans.

* The Law 9/2008, modifies the art 6 (2) e) into Art 6 (2) f) which states: In the light of this law, by cruelty towards animals is understood:

[...]

f) abandonment and / or drive away of an animal who's existence depends on the care of humans.

Conclusion:

Therefore, based on the above comments: the abandonment is a form of cruelty towards animals and is punishable by jailing from 6 moths to 3 years or with a penal fine of 1000 lei to 10,000 lei and the dog is seized.

Additionally, it is important to note that ASPA's decision to block the adoptions for several NGOs and private individuals seems to be based on HCL 145/2013 of PMB [Art IV Art 6 alin (4) and (6)], and that states: "the abandonment is established by ASPA upon the consultation of their data base" and "individuals or NGOs who are abandoning dogs are forbidden to adopt dogs for 1 year from the last documented abandonment."

The word that shouts from the page is "documented abandonment"

Furthermore, it is very important to mention that the NORMS on Law 258/2013 state:

CHAPTER VI

Notifying the population in order to claim and adopt stray dogs. The notification of owners

Art. 16. – The specialized services for the management of stray dogs, respectively the operators of the specialized services for the management of stray dogs have the obligation to promote their adoption and claim and to inform periodically the population regarding the operation programme of stray dog public shelters in order to ensure transparency.

Meaning that the authorities must promote adoptions, NOT hinder or inhibit them by restricting people's access to shelters, or by prohibiting them without a "documented abandonment" in "order to "ensure transparency", because a dog can also have escaped or got lost.

Even, if the abandonment thing might seem contentious, the question that must be asked is: if a law is broken, where is the legal action against the lawbreaker?

You can consult all related laws on our website.

AND WHAT ABOUT EU FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS?

Charter of fundamental rights Europe:

CHAPTER II FREEDOMS

Article 8

Protection of personal data

Everyone has the right to the protection of personal data concerning him or her.

Such data must be processed fairly for specified purposes and on the basis of the consent of the person concerned or some other legitimate basis laid down by law. Everyone has the right of access to data which has been collected concerning him or her, and the right to have it rectified.
Compliance with these rules shall be subject to control by an independent authority.

WHAT DOES THE ROMANIAN CONSTITUTION SAY?

Romanian Constitution:

TITLUL II ( Title II ) Drepturile, libertăţile şi îndatoririle fundamentale (The fundamental rights, freedoms and duties)

ARTICOLUL 16 (1) Cetăţenii sunt egali în faţa legii şi a autorităţilor publice, fără privilegii şi fără discriminări. (The citizens are equal in front of the law, the public authorities, without privileges and discrimination)

(2) Nimeni nu este mai presus de lege. (Nobody is above the law)

...AND THE ROMANIAN CIVIL CODE?

Romanian Civil Code Codul Civil:

Dreptul la viaţa privată (The right to private life)

Art. 71. – (1) Orice persoană are dreptul la respectarea vieţii sale private. (All persons have the right to respect of their private life)

(2) Nimeni nu poate fi supus vreunor imixtiuni în viaţa intimă, personală sau de familie, nici în domiciliul, reşedinţa sau corespondenţa sa, fără consimţământul său ori fără respectarea limitelor prevăzute la art. 75. (Nobody can be subjected to any interference in his private life, personal life, family life, nor in his residence, or correspondence, without his/her own consent or without following the limits as presented in art. 75)

(3) Este, de asemenea, interzisă utilizarea, în orice mod, a corespondenţei, manuscriselor sau altor documente personale, precum şi a informaţiilor din viaţa privată a unei persoane, fără acordul acesteia ori fără respectarea limitelor prevăzute de art. 75. (The use, in any way, of the correspondence, manuscripts or personal documents, as well as the use of information of one private life is forbidden, without the consent of that person or without following the limits as presented in art.75)

THE EU, ROMANIA AND THEIR COSMETIC LAWS

How strong are the walls which protect the integrity of a society? Civilizations have evolved to respect order contained within law... Now, imagine if you will, a society which has such laws but never enacts them: Cosmetic... Deceptive... Anarchic!

There exists such a society! Not at the edge of civilization but by invitation, at the edge of the European Union. A Union where officials can freely invite but then declare that they have no controls... NO COMPETENCE.

They invite and then, if issues occur, they declare that they are INCOMPETENT! Et voilà!

Only words?

Here before you are the Laws of Romania and here also are the words of the Romanian Government. How broken is a society when even those who create the laws ignore them with derisive importunity?

There is no adherence to laws resulting in volatility, anarchy and instability... in a European country.

Let us lay down beside you - the discerning judge - the law and the government ignorance of their own laws. We speak not one word but let you, the discerning listener decide: a law abiding society or one which exists at the very edge of anarchy BUT regarded by the wise and astute in Brussels as a valid contemporary member of the European family?

All information about this illegal 'blacklist' the related laws, references, pictures and videos are compiled on our website, at:

http://www.occupyforanimals.org/romania---aspas-illegal-blacklist.html


Monday, 24 March 2014

All 68 dogs belonging to Paws2Rescue have been released this morning from Bragadiru shelter


"ALL 68 OF OUR DOGS ARE OUT of Bragadiru and we are taking them all away: every dog stolen on Friday has now been released. These are the happiest pictures we have ever seen. To all Paws2Rescue rescuers and everyone in Romania who has helped us today releasing these dogs - THANK YOU from everyone across the world who has been praying with us. We are crying with happiness.

The dogs need vet checks, medical treatment and some urgent vaccination, and our rescuers need help to cover the costs - there are a huge number of dogs to deal with.

Please send by paypal to: iordanaioana@yahoo.com to help our team out there pay the costs."


At this hour VIER PFOTEN team recovers the majority of the dogs taken ilegaly by ASPA on Friday, the 21st of March. We'll keep you posted!




Massacre in FOUR PAWS clinic in Bucharest



Massacre in FOUR PAWS clinic in Bucharest

Original link.

City hall dog catchers illegally enter FOUR PAWS veterinary clinic and abuse dogs

Last Friday, 21 March 2014, several dog catchers of the local authority for stray dogs management ASPA abused and illegally took 18 dogs treated by the international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS. They broke the lock of the entrance, took the dogs and vandalized the post-operation paddocks of FOUR PAWS veterinary clinic in 6th District of Bucharest. FOUR PAWS sharply condemns the illegal and cruel action ordered by the City Hall of Bucharest and perpetrated by the ASPA.

The dogs under treatment were captured by the city hall catchers applying extremely brutal methods (see video) and were taken to the public shelter of Bragadiru near Bucharest. The abusive action was directed not only against the FOUR PAWS paddocks but also against the shelter in which the clinic is situated. Around 75 dogs were brutally taken out from there by the catchers. According to several eye witnesses, at least four dogs died on the spot because of the brutal handling. The public shelter’s administration refuses to give back the dogs, breaking several articles of the new law of stray dogs management. “The lethal action of ASPA has no meaning“, explains Gabriel Paun, Director of Campaigns at FOUR PAWS. „These dogs were rescued by us from terrible conditions and our teams brought them back to life. They were to be adopted. The dog catchers killed some, they injured others. We’ll do our best to rescue again those who survived the massacre and we hope to find loving families for them”.

FOUR PAWS has a legal contract ongoing with the 6th District City Hall for a stray dogs neutering project and for the use of the veterinary clinic which is property of the City Hall. Since last Friday, ASPA representatives forbid FOUR PAWS members the access to the facility.The Protocol for stray dogs neutering signed with the 6th District city hall is still valid until April 2014, and FOUR PAWS has not received any evacuation ordinance up to this date. The way the City Hall of 6th District broke the Protocol is completely unexplainable, giving the fact that FOUR PAWS invested money from donations, a lot of efforts and time in this project, which was requested by the City Hall. FOUR PAWS so far has neutered over 3.000 dogs in the 6th District. „Breaking the locks and vandalizing the paddocks of FOUR PAWS by the city hall catchers is an illegal action“, stresses Gabriel Paun. „We filed complaint to the police and we will open a legal action against ASPA. The main accusations: killing and cruelty against anim als, theft, sequestration of private goods and vandalism.“

All these abuses were carried out in the presence of the Local Police of 6th District. Instead of intervening for the law enforcement, the local policemen obstructed the access of FOUR PAWS representatives into the paddock.

In October 2013 a stray dog killing law came into force following a tragic incident in which a little boy was fatally injured by stray dogs a month earlier. The methodology to be applied to the killing came to light at Christmas time and the killing started soon after. In recent weeks many animal welfare NGOs and citizens reported cases of abuse and law breaking by the local authorities. On 10 March FOUR PAWS has submitted legal steps at the Court of Appeal in Bucharest for the Romanian Government to freeze the killing of stray dogs. „The situation is obviously out of control. It is time for the prime minister to take the lead and stop the killing law and the abuse. He is the only one with the power to do so”, says Gabriel Paun.

On the violent and illegal ASPA-raid on a shelter run by volunteers and the adjacent veterinary clinic of VIER PFOTEN on 21st of March, 2014 and the fight for the dogs

On 21st of March, 2014, at around 14.00 o'clock, ASPA, the Romanian authority for the management of stray dogs, raided a pound located in Bucharest, District 6, run by volunteers under the supervision of the government paid veterinarian, Bogdan Brasla, as well as the adjacent clinic of Vier Pfoten.

ASPA confiscated all dogs they could get hold of. They took 18 dogs - 15 dogs belonging to VIER PFOTEN and 3 dogs belonging to the volunteers and who were under the care of VIER PFOTEN at the time of the raid - after they vandalized their post-operative veterinary clinic. ASPA confiscated also 57 dogs cared for by volunteers who are being supported by Paws2Rescue, a charity registered in the United Kingdom, making it a total of 75 dogs.

ASPA broke the lock of the entrance, took the dogs and vandalized the post-operation paddocks of VIER PFOTEN's veterinary clinic in 6th District of Bucharest. VIER PFOTEN sharply condemns the illegal and cruel action ordered by the City Hall of Bucharest and perpetrated by the ASPA.

The dogs were captured using extremely brutal methods and taken to the public shelter of Bragadiru. Dogs covered with blood were dragged in the dust and thrown in cages, all in a huddle. Four dogs died on spot because of the cruel handling. The animals choked to death, as catchers intentionally or due to their incompetence tightened the lace too much while enforcing the animals. Many dogs, even if they didn't die, were bleeding through their mouth because they had been manipulated so brutally. Unconscious (or dead) animals were enforced together with moving animals in small cages. A total of 8 dead dogs has been reported to us the next day by the volunteers.

ASPA, who turned up with 13 vans, escorted by the local police, acted very brutally, breaking the locks of the paddocks before removing the dogs. They didn't give a reason for their action, nor did they show a document that would justify or at least explain their brutal intervention, not even after having been asked several times by the volunteers. The government paid veterinarian, Bogdan Brasla, who was in charge of the pound cared for by the volunteers, didn't show up, although the volunteers asked him several times to intervene or, at least, to come.

Although VIER PFOTEN has a legal contract ongoing with the 6th District City Hall for the stray dogs neutering project and for the use of the veterinary clinic and which is valid until April 17, 2014, on Saturday, the local policemen obstructed the access of VIER PFOTEN representatives into the paddock.

VIER PFOTEN claim that they have not received any evacuation ordinance up to this date.

"The way the District 6 Hall chose to end their cooperation with us is inexplicable given that FOUR PAWS has invested its own resources, time and efforts in this project at the express request of the City Hall. I sterilized over 3,000 stray dogs during the two-year project in Sector 6 and can not understand this attitude" said VIER PFOTEN coordinator Anca Tomescu.

Animal protection organizations and citizens recently reported numerous violations of the new legislation for the management of stray dogs by local authorities and the situation risks spiraling out of control, and only a swift and effective government intervention can stop these abuses, said FOUR PAWS and warned that Romania tolerating this situation was "out of the map of civilized Europe"

According to the information received from the VIER PFOTEN press center:

- VIER PFOTEN people went to the facility immediately to check the damage - and because all the dogs were missing - at the police station to file a complaint against ASPA for vandalism, stealing and illegal trespassing.

- Another VIER PFOTEN team went to Bragadiru public shelter to claim the dogs, but the shelter administration illegally forbid the access in the facility.

-The representative of VIER PFOTEN on the spot filed a complaint to the police, about illegal access ban and several law infringements regarding a clear displaying of the daily activity of the shelter, as mentioned by the law.

- VIER PFOTEN Romania is starting legal actions against ASPA for abuse and theft of the dogs from 6’th district VIER PFOTEN facility.
VIER PFOTEN Romania is starting legal actions against ASPA for breaking the law regarding public access in a public shelter.

- VIER PFOTEN Romania is starting legal actions against ASPA for not answering to VIER PFOTEN's request filled, in the 30 day-term mentioned by the law for Public Services.

- VIER PFOTEN Romania is starting legal actions against district 6 City Hall for breaking the contract they had with VIER PFOTEN regarding the facility they have in district 6 in Bucharest.

- VIER PFOTEN Romania is starting legal actions against district 6 Local Police for abuse (law 9/2008)

The videos taken during the raid, of which the first video is a compilation made by VIER PFOTEN, based on the video material by Ioana Iordana that you can see in the following videos, are compiled on our website, at:

http://www.occupyforanimals.org/romania---aspa-raided-a-private-shelter-and-the-adjucent-clinic-of-vier-pfoten-in-bucharest-on-21st-of-march-2014.html

ABOUT THE RAID OF THE SHELTER CARED FOR BY VOLUNTEERS

OFA conducted extensive interviews with the volunteers who run the raided shelter and this is what we have learned:

The shelter, which is cared for by volunteers and supported by a UK charity, is located on a land owned by the City Hall of Bucharest and is under the supervision of the government paid veterinarian, Bogdan Brasla. The volunteers run this shelters since more or less three years. During this period the supervising veterinarian showed up only 3 times.

The usage of the shelter is for free, meaning that the animal rescuers don't pay any rent and have also never been asked by the city hall to pay a rent. A few weeks ago, the supervising veterinarian told the volunteers that, in order "for the dogs to be safe", they should pay a rent now and that he would guarantee for the safety of the dogs.

This "proposal" came too late: the volunteers had already rented a farm to make their very own shelter there and they informed the veterinarian Bogdan Brasla of it and also of the fact that they would move the dogs to this farm as soon as possible.

Bogdan Brasla replied that this was not possible and that the dogs would need to stay in this shelter until he would have called the ASPA so that they would come and finalize the registration of the micro chips of the dogs, implemented by VIER PFOTEN in their clinic.

What the vet Bogdan Brasla told the volunteers is NONSENSE: the microchips do no longer need to be registered to ASPA but to the College of Veterinarians.

Anyway... ASPA might argue that since the dogs were in a shelter owned by the city hall, they were their property, but NOT SO de facto. More than half of the dogs were brought from two private shelters almost 3 years ago and were dogs that they had raised since they were puppies. According to the law, the volunteers were allowed to adopt these dogs from the other rescuers as well as the stray dogs that they found inside the shelter, almost dying of starvation.

So the volunteers micro-chipped them all, made their adoption papers ready, and bought the rabies vaccines while waiting for the ASPA to come in order to finalize the registration as advised by the ASPA-veterinarian.

And the ASPA came. But not to register the dogs...

Another point that is very important to be mentioned, is that, although the ASPA veterinarian, Bogdan Brasla, said that the volunteers "should pay a rent so that the dogs would be safe", no rent has ever been claimed by the city hall, according to the volunteers. Since the city hall has never asked for a rent, consequently no rent was due and an eviction - if we would call the brutal ASPA-raid an "eviction" - was not justified.

Also, the volunteers has never been asked - neither verbally nor by written notification - to leave the shelter. Right the contrary: when they wanted to leave and move the dogs to the rented farm, the ASPA-vet, Bogdan Brasla, hindered them from doing so by saying that this was not possible until the micro chip registration had been finalized by ASPA.

IN SUMMATION

The dogs would have been moved to the rented farm already more than 2 weeks ago if the ASPA-vet had not inhibited this.

When the volunteers returned to the shelter the next day, Saturday, to take back their cages and other materials, they were denied access by the corrupt ASPA-veterinarian who now intends to make this his OWN shelter.

THE FIGHT FOR THE DOGS

Today, Monday, 24th of March, Ioana, one of the volunteers, returned to the Bragadiru prison, which serves as a public shelter. Ioana was accompanied by Codrut Feher as well as some VIER PFOTEN representatives. Present were also ASPA chef Bancescu, the police, as well as several media representatives.

The shelter management of Bragadiru prison allowed only one person at the time to enter the shelter and so far, 10.30 o'clock, Ioana managed to take 3 dogs out of there.

We will update our website as well as our Facebook-page as soon as we receive new information.

http://www.occupyforanimals.org/romania---aspa-raided-a-private-shelter-and-the-adjucent-clinic-of-vier-pfoten-in-bucharest-on-21st-of-march-2014.html

HOW TO HELP:

Please send this information to your media contacts and please write to the European Union to voice your outrage over the fact that this is happening in a country, member of the EU.

Please sign the petition in the following link, calling for an investigation and that Razvan Bancescu, the head of ASPA, be fired, and please share it with your friends and contacts.

Thank you very much, in advance.

Please SIGN here: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/attorney-general-of-romania-nitu-tiberiu-mihail-please-investigate-the-actions-of-aspa-bucharest-decided-by-razvan-bancescu-va-rugam-sa-dispuneti-deschiderea-unei-anchete-minutioase-in-actiunile-aspa-bucuresti-ordonate-de-razvan-bancescu#share


Romanian Stray Dogs

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