President Viktor Yanukovych
Vul. Bankova, 11
I am afraid that among animal
welfare organizations and activists, your country is known as one of the
worst in Europe in regard to its treatment of animals. The international
news have been full of reports how strays are killed in huge numbers - by
shooting, poisoning, burning alive in mobile crematoriums - for the 2012
Euro football championship.
We all know, so does the world at large.
But, as if this were not enough, more gross abuse and atrocity has
The images and videos taken at your Medical University of
Donetsk in July 2011 show animals such as dogs, rats, mice etc. destined to
be used in barbaric experimentation living in utter squalor. These
experiments include limb-amputation and educational surgeries on internal
organs without prior anaesthesia.
I would ask you to imagine
undergoing such procedures without anaesthesia yourself, and perhaps you get
some sort of idea what these helpless beings go through.
It is truly
beyond belief that in our time and age such medieval conditions as shown in
the videos and such - and it must be called that - torture - is legally
inflicted on being so like us.
В донецком медуниверситете
устроили концлагерь для собак-смертников
Виварий медунивера -
концлагерь для собак-смертников
I wish it were different, but sadly
this one vivarium at Donetsk is not an isolated case - as I am sure you
We can, I think, confidently expect similar conditions and
experimentation to take place in universities and laboratories throughout
the Ukraine. And untold number of animals is being forced through this
man-made hell every day.
And for what little gain, if any?
Do you call
Sir - I urge you to stop turning a blind eye to the
suffering of these animals and to stop ignoring the petitions and letters of
your citizens urging you to put an end to these outdated experiments.
There are modern and humane alternatives that are internationally
recognised and preferred by universities and students:
Also they tend to be cheaper, while preparing students for what they can
expect in their future careers. It does not pay any more to hang on to such
outdated practices. And the Ukrainian institutes and universities who
conduct such *research* will soon find themselves woefully out of line with
international standards as practiced elsewhere.
I would ask you to
bear this in mind.
I therefore trust that you will take the necessary
steps to remedy this situation forthwith.
Please make sure your
positive decision and action is broadly communicated, or else the continuing
protest and boycott must remain in place.