Recently I have been doing a great deal of tweeting about the recent events in Romania where a boy was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs. In light of these incidents, and with the further excuse of preventing disease, the government has decided it is best to resolve the issue by rounding up the estimated 60,000 stray dogs and killing them. The term one paper used was "cull," (next to pith, this is the most awful word in the English language). There have been massive protests by Romanian citizens, along with world wide outcry, and some of the most horrible pictures imaginable.
What is the answer? Well, from someone who has traveled the world over I will personally testify that I cannot go to many of these countries any longer because the number of homeless pets brings me to tears, until I look closer and realize that many of the two legged inhabitants are just as destitute and desperate as the four legged residents.I don't know how you protect people when desperate unloved and uncared for domestic pets are cast aside and expected to fend for themselves. I also do not know the scenario that ensued to cause a pack of dogs to attack. But I know dogs well enough to know that there was likely a reason. I know that in just about every single act of violence from a pet to a person there is some person who ultimately is the original source and/or exacerbated it.
Let's talk about this. Dogs are domestic creatures. They were bred, raised, and are still a human beings responsibility. We are responsible for keeping them tame, trained, obedient, healthy, and a member of human society. A stray dog is a persons failure. This implies they remain a human beings problem should their original guardian fail them. It is the continual dilemma of every veterinarian, behaviorist, rescuer, and society at large.
Ask the largest, wealthiest super power in the world how we do it? Well, we just keep the streets cleaner by humanely (?) and more inconspicuously ridding our pe(s)ts from the public view. Is the US any better? Well, instead of 60,000 dogs, we euthanize millions, estimates of over 4 million, every year.
We just don't call it slaughter.
Here is Steve Dale's article;