TAKE ACTION against Italy's dog concentration camps!
Italy is a nation that abandons every year between 100,000 and 150,000 dogs. There are over 1,500,000 dogs roaming free in Italy and only 10% of them are chipped and sterilized.
The south of Italy is most affected, especially Campania, Puglia and Sicily. In Apulia alone, about 100,000 dogs wander the streets and anyone can easily imagine what a "life" these animals are forced to lead.
About 80% of them die within the first year after their abandonment or their birth due to accidents, poison, or simply by starvation and dehydration. The rest - as non-sterilized - reproduces and the sad cycle repeats itself year after year, and so we have always the same drama on the streets of Italy.
The number of stray dogs has increased significantly in recent years. There where about 20,000 stray dogs in Puglia in 1991, today there are more than 100,000 of them, who know nothing else than gnawing hunger and daily struggle for survival.
But despite what these poor animals have to endure, they have at least one thing: their FREEDOM!
The South, as you can see, is the part of Italy more exposed to this problem. The South is also the area with the highest level of corruption and criminality. The Italians living in an area were the mob exerts influence are over 13 millions. The equivalent of 22% of the Nation.
The mob is present in over 610 Italian districts. The Italian mobs: Cosa nostra (Sicily), Camorra (Campania), N’drangheta (Calabria) and the Sacra Corona Unita (Puglie) have a turnover of over 130 billion of euros. The gain of the N’drangheta in 2007, that was around 44 billion euro, equal to 2,9% of the National GDP. To understand the level of corruption it’s enough to analyse the denunciations for corruption you have in percentage this classification: Sicily 13,07%; Campania 11,46%; Puglie 9,44%; Lombardia 9,39%; Calabria 8,19%..
Black economy, tax evasion, arms trade, drug trade, extortion, racket, violence, prostitution, sex slavery, constructions without planning, transformation of the cost in a mass of cement, zoomafia, arsonism, deforestation, the poisoning of the land and of the sea with ships full of toxic and radioactive waste and now the kennel concentration camps!
The roots of the problem is that the Italians abandon puppies on the motorways. They abandon cats and dogs like used, squashed beer cans. This is the root of the problem. From this horror everything originates.
But note: the abandonment creates fortunes. It makes people rich. And, therefore, we have the commercialization of the animal - alive or dead.
THE BIG BUSINESS OF THE DOGS KENNEL HOLOCAUST
Dogs undernourished, ill, abandoned, jailed for life in miserable cages, lifeless. This is the picture of the dog shelter. From time to time it is heard on TV that the Forestale (forest ranger) arrived there and got one. Ok, but why? Because behind the Italy's stray dogs there is a filthy business. Indeed very filthy.
As usually happens with Italian stories, it all begins with the best intentions with a lot of hustle just to end up in a dark hole. With stray dogs for example, in 1991 it was decided to they wouldn't be killed anymore but taken to public shelters, in good shape and condition, spayed and neutered, waiting for foster homes or natural death.
We ended up, 16 years later with approximately 500 private shelters that house 230 thousand dogs (data from the Health Ministry from 2007) which are subsidized through Municipalities or Asl (Regional Health Departments)
Official data of the amount of business is around 500 million euros. A great deal of public money goes for stray dogs. And the worst must come.
A sad paradox: the more a dog is undernourished the more money the owner of the shelter gets. That means the dog eats poorly or nothing. The faster a dog dies the better is: the shelter owner gets 50/75 euros (figure from 2007) for each dumped carcass. The faster a new post is free, a new dog immediately comes to occupy it, even if it ends up being a puppy born only for that purpose: the shelter owner will add up 30/45 euros more. There are some shelters where half the dogs die every year and they are immediately "replaced".
The dog business is all about a fast turnover. The faster the turnover the more money they do.
The current system whereby the kennels are subsidized per dog, is wide open for abuse. The Italian government (and the EU) is paying for these shelters, 'unaware' that most of them are being run by criminals!
YES: The Italian government and the European Union are lining the pockets of criminals!
For months already, our friends from the organisation Tierschutzprojekt Italien are sending weekly mails to ministries, regional presidents, tourism associations, local authorities and commissions asking for official statements concerning the situation of the dogs in Italian Canili and above all, they ask them to finally become active in this matter!
But nothing happens!
HOW TO HELP THE DOGS IN THE CANILI LAGER:
► Please SIGN the following 2 PETITIONS:
► Please send a message to your MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) and ask them to speak out against these dog concentration camps. Please add the link to OfA's page (see next link) so that they can see the pictures, too.
You can find the email address of your MEP easily in the following portal of the European parliament:http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/search.html;jsessionid=A21C9E491E4EB4E0DC60358AE8F998CA.node1
For more information on Italy's canili lager, please go to: http://www.occupyforanimals.org/italy--the-mafia-involved-in-shelter-activities.html
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Picture via Julia from Million Actions for Animal Rights