Visitor:

Dear all,
After the leaders of PD-L (Governmental party) mobilized all their forces including undemocratic and also illegal procedures in view of assure the stray dog management will be done by the big business mass killing, on Monday, the bill no. 912 was debated in the plenum of Chamber of Deputies.

Especially in the last days, 3-4 people made a concentrated lobby upon the deputies, leaders of parliamentary groups, other politicians having different influences which we met/spoke asking them to vote to not accept the law in that form (reintroducing the euthanasia of dogs) and send it back to the Committee for public administration. Also many kind of pressure by many press releases, open letters signed by about 60 Romanian welfare organizations.

Press conference
We (FNPA) organized a press conference, at Hotel "Novotel", Bucharest (thanks to Mr. Dieter Ernst, ETN who paid the costs of renting the room) were the special guests were:
the princess Maja v. Hohenzollern
Dieter Ernst, the president of ETN, Germany
Av. Paula Iacob, a famous advocate
Maricica Puica, a known Olympic and World champion at athletics
Monica Davidescu, actress
Marius Marinescu, the initiator of the law
Remus Cernea, an ecologist and one of the candidates for President of Romania

In plenum:
At 4 o'clock about 35 people, wearing black t-shirts inscribed with "Alege viata" ("Choose the life"), have been accepted to assist at the meeting of the plenum of Chamber of Deputies. Other about 500 protestant people were outside, in front of Chamber of Deputies.

When the coordinator of the meeting read the title of the PL 912, all of us stand up and wait the verdict. The representatives of parliamentary groups started to have a short speech and (excepting the Government parties, PD-L and UDMR) all of them proposed the legislative project to be returned to the Committee for amendments and to be debated again after 3 weeks. 70 deputies (from 115 totally present) voted for that. We were completely excited and the balconies were filled out with applause.

photos from press conference and protest rally, Bucharest, 7 March:
please click photos to enlarge



The coming in Romania of princess Maja and Mr. Ernst were very good as they could speak in the name of animal lovers from outside, the necessity of education, empowerment of dog owners, mass sterilization program, image of Romania, was efficient.

Also Princess Maja attended to some telecasting/shows in different national televisions.

THANK YOU ALL FOR EVERYTHING YOU DID, FOR YOUR LETTERS, EMAILS, MORAL SUPPORT AND FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO FOR THE ANIMALS FROM ROMANIA.

WE GOT NOW A VICTORY BUT NOT THE WAR. This does not mean the euthanasia will not be introduced anymore, but only we have a little bit more time to fight much more.

So still need your help:

- send protest letters by:
- fax: 00 40 21 3134931; 00 40 21 3146934
- emails (email addresses bellow)

- send open letters to your mass media and let me know the links such as we'll be able to send the information in Romanian mass media; the pressure made by the international mass media is more powerful. Speak about the bad, cruel image Romania will have - this is what the Romanian authorities is very affected

- contact influent people (like politicians) from your countries who can put a pressure to the leaders of PD-L like, for example: Elena Udrea, Tourism Minister, Mircea Toader (the leader of deputies from PD-L party), Sulfina Barbu (the president of the Committee for public administration)

- possible before the debating in Committee for public administration and, after, in Chamber of Deputies we need some of you in Romania.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Carmen Arsene



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