I have on my desk the lab results from the 3 poisoned dogs we took for post mortem examination, post mortem analyses we have paid for ourselves... The result is brutal, even if we were expecting it. The animals were poisoned with Furadan (Carbofuran), one highly toxic and deadly poison. One milliliter of it could kill an adult human being. A poison banned in Europe since 2008...Yet obviously still found in large amounts in Ploiesti, Romania.
Reading the lab results further, I realize that all three dogs examined post mortem must have suffered horrific deaths. Their lungs, liver, spleen and intestines were found to be congested. These animals bled inside from the poison and the pain must have been atrocious. Not only they died, but they died in a most brutal agonizing way. Like them, hundreds other animals, only in Ploiesti, only in a few days. Like them, millions of innocent animals all over Romania, throughout the years.
What did 21st century Romania, member country of the European Union, come to? And what did the European Union come to, if they don't ever have a word into the never ending atrocious killings of homeless animals here as means to control stray animal population? A huge wrong of Romania, but also a massive failure of the European Union to step up and do the right thing. Shame, shame, shame.
Well then, dear European Union, please meet this dog we tried to save for hours, a poisoned dog whose suffering we have witnessed, and surely will never forget. At least have the decency to watch this short video of her suffering, it's the minimum amount of respect you owe this animal that did not ask to be born to a life of suffering in a member state of the European Union:
It would have been an amazing moral victory for me to save this poisoned dog we found still alive one evening in June 2013. Instead, I've seen her suffering for hours even if the vets did everything they could for her, and she still lost the fight. A friendly homeless dog sterilized by Vier Pfoten some years ago. A dog that surely did not ask to be born to a life of suffering. How many more have to suffer like this for high ranking politicians to step up for them and actually do something to prevent more such suffering?
Yes, I am very very angry. In such moments I think all politicians that could really do something large scale against future animal cruelty surely must be psychopaths with little or no empathy for other living beings. It really feels like the men of honor are long gone from the political stage; and that only a bunch of normal people, with little resources and power but unlimited good will, still try to weave wonders in a very unfair war.
What have we come to? Baits with poison placed in public areas such as parks and parking lots have also affected owned animals taken on walks. In those very same places where children also play... Do you think our local administration ever did anything to inform the public about the risk of children getting in contact with poison in these public places? Think again. It was us, animal rescuers, who also tried to draw awareness locally about the risk of children coming into contact with the deadly poison. We actually cared!
Yes, it's tough and absurd what is going on. It's Romania. BUT it's also the European Union, one should not forget that.
June 2013. Remember them. As for us, we'll keep on sterilizing like mad in order to prevent more such future suffering.