This week animal rights activists have been protesting outside a government building in Ukraine demanding authorities protect stray animals they believe are being killed en mass in a bid to clean up the city ahead of the Euro 2012 this summer.
One activist said ‘‘We are protesting today against the killing of stray animals which takes place in Euro 2012 host cities, that’s why we have brought these symbolic blood-covered balls, symbolising these inhumane killings’‘
The protesters are asking the government to instead of poisoning and shooting the animals provide funding for shelters and sterilisation.
“Today’s action is aimed at pushing authorities to find a humane, civilised solution of this problem, because Ukraine has too negative image,’‘ another activist said ‘‘and with Euro 2012 approaching this image is only getting worse.”
Stray animals in the Ukraine have been a major problem for decades and although catch-and-destroy methods have been illegal since the country adopted the animal protection legislation (Act on the Animal Protection from Cruelty) in 2006 it seems old habits die hard.