Bulgaria urgently needs political action to stop violence against animals
A brutal example occurred this spring when a sadist aimed his rifle at a pregnant cat named Mila and fired a bullet at the animal. It’s a miracle the cat survived. For a whole week people walked past the wounded animal and no one brought the poor cat even food or water.
Unfortunately, Mila isn’t the only animal that has been subjected to cruelty. A few days earlier, a kitten named Sleepy was rescued, who had lived in agony on the street for at least ten days after being shot. Just like Mila, Sleepy spent days looking for his savior.
“We experience little or no animal welfare in this country – remarked lawyer Valentina Kamenarska. – It is high time the state authorities stepped in and adopted a comprehensive package of policies to end cruelty to animals. If such a third world incident occurs in another European country, it would create a huge scandal and lead to serious investigation, media publications and public condemnation while people in our country continue to enjoy shooting animals. “
According to Valentina Kamenarska, the only thing that could lead the state to tackle the problem is a wave of public discontent.
“There is not a single control authority that adheres to the established policy. Although there is an article in the Bulgarian Criminal Code stating that all cruelty to animals is a crime, contrary to all law, these atrocities have been removed from the 112 classification. If something is considered a criminal offense, the police must come to the scene, collect evidence and investigate the case. “
So far, the fight against animal abuse has mainly been led by citizens and representatives of non-governmental organizations. If people come across an abused animal, they should take it to a veterinary clinic and report the accident to prosecutors.
“This is unlikely to lead to a positive outcome as the weapons used to shoot animals do not undergo forensic firearms testing,” said lawyer Kamenarova. Animal cruelty is common in smaller towns and villages. However, the police can find the perpetrators quickly if they want. No matter what people do, their efforts will be in vain if the institutions don’t work. “
State authorities can make people rethink in a day if they wish, claims Valentina Kamenarska, pointing to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic when people were forced to wear face masks whether or not they wanted to or not./ BNR