Moldova: Country Info
The population consists of different ethnical groups: Romanian Moldovan, and Ukrainian and Russian people. There are also small ethnical groups (Gagausan, Bulgarian, German and Tatarian people.
Most of the population lives near Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, as well as the cities of Balti, Tiraspol and Tihina. The official language is Moldovan, a Romanian dialect.
From the political point of view, Moldova is an unstable country. Like Romania, it used to be part of Russia.
Since the 1990s, Moldova has been independentand since then its economical situation has changed for the worse with a very small middle class and a big clash between uber-rich and very poor.
As a result, corruption is the norm and the average income amounts between USD 250 up to USD 400/ month.
Since the last election in April 2009, a democratic government is in power. Moldova is not yet a member of the EU, but this is something it would like to achieve.
Why is there a problem with stray dogs?
The drastic increase of stray dogs in Eastern European Countries is homemade. After the fall of the Communist System, many old tenement buildings were torn down and residents lost their homes unexpectedly.
Many of them left their dogs behind, neither neutered nor spayed.
The result is now an enormous overpopulation of dogs in and outside cities.
Why are stray dogs being killed?
Cruel measures to control animal overpopulation are used legally on domestic companion pets as well as wild animals. Many methods used are NOT legal, however Authorities have no interest in enforcing the law, and are even the ones breaking it!
There is no regard for the animals' terrible and prolonged suffering, despite humane methods being available. In some
countries officials pay citizens to kill stray dogs and they do not care if it is done if the most cruel of ways – even burning them alive!
What about animal rights in Moldova?
Moldova has no Protection of Animals Act!
'Offically' killing without reason is forbidden. However, no one cares about this law.
Animal rights groups in Moldova are starting to develop, but they need more!
What can be done to help the animals and better the situation?
During a visit to Chisinau in June 2012, NATUREWATCH FOUNDATION was told there are 30,000 stray dogs. However, after conducting a count of the stray dogs in the city, the realistic number is around 5000.
Based on the results of the two surveys, NATUREWATCH FOUNDATION is confident that Chişinău’s stray dog population can be managed using a capture, neuter and release programme.
In order for this to be effective however, it must be carried out in conjunction with a pet sterilisation programme and responsible pet ownership education.
Who is responsible for the brutal killings in the City of Chisinau?
It is not discernible, why the killing of the animals is as cruel and brutal as it is.
Fact is, the killing troups are employed by the city and are overseen by the Mayor of Chisinau, Dorin Chirtoacă.
The staff of the municipal "waste management service" is under protection, a measure of the city.
Vehicles of the local sanitation services "Autosalubritate", whose responsibility and duty is to keep the capital “clean”, capture strays, perceiving them as any extra road rubbish. Most often, for capturing the animals, inappropriate gear is used that frequently causes severe or even lethal injuries.
Subsequently, the animals are forced to live in miserable conditions and dumped in an area named "NECROPOL".
NECROPOL belongs to the city's sanitation service and no one can enter into the territory without permission. NECROPOL doesn't even allow willing volunteers to care for the dogs. Only owners can obtain permission to enter and look for their animal accidentally caught.
Despite the strict controls, animal activists entered and documented the shocking situation of dogs with photos and videos. Those videos show a high number of dogs in the same dirty cage. Overcrowded cages generate attacks and fights between dogs that could cause death or severe injuries.
That is not all. The animals are often without food and water and are being poisoned with Chlorine. Chlorine destroys the animal's skin and organs. Volunteers reported when the dogs are dead or almost dead, their bodies are then thrown into an acid bath.