JUNE , 2012
The 2012 European Football Championship is just about to start, and the host countries, Poland and Ukraine, have been busily preparing for a surge of sports tourism. In Ukraine, that means shocking efforts to reduce the number of homeless animals across the country in an attempt to hide the country's neglected and abandoned dogs from tourists.
Animals are poisoned, shot, and, in some cases, even burned alive. Authorities in Lysychansk, Mariupol, and other Ukrainian cities use a cremation truck, which has even advertised on national television. The animals are caught and then shot or anesthetized and thrown directly into the cremation truck!
Even the Union of European Football Associations, which PETA Germany contacted in 2009, sharply criticized the cruel practices of Ukrainian authorities and offered financial support to animal protection advocates to neuter animals. Ukrainian authorities have reacted to the efforts of animal rights advocates with repressive measures: They have put pressure on animal activists to stop the international protest!
What You Can Do
Please help the animals in Ukraine and support our protest against the mass killing of homeless dogs. Sign the petition to ask the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States to speak out against the cruel killings and push for humane animal birth control!
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Please Stop the Killing of Homeless Animals in Ukraine
His Excellency Olexander Motsyk, Ambassador of Ukraine
Dear Mr. Ambassador,
The spotlight will soon be on Ukraine for the 2012 European Football Championship, but please act now to stop the massacre of homeless dogs in Ukraine, who are being shot on sight or poisoned and left to suffer in an attempt to "cleanse" cities before the championship begins.
Although Ukraine's environment ministry urged the country's municipalities to stop the killing last November, homeless dogs in Ukraine continue to be killed. The only solution to animal overpopulation is a spay-and-neuter initiative. Please do whatever is in your power to stop this massacre and instead attempt to cleanse Ukraine's reputation.