For years, vans, lorries and even airplanes have been carrying dogs and cats to Germany, but also to Switzerland, to Austria, and from them to other countries of the Northern Europe.
They are nearly hundreds of thousands, millions of animals, picked up from streets, kennels or from private people who don't care for them at all anymore, stolen/abducted during a walk out from home … puppies or adults, aged or sick insomuch that they cannot endure the travel. Gathered in hectic way, by a massive and stubborn research.
They leave from Italy, Spain, Greece, from Balkan countries, from Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, Northern Africa, Asia...all carried toward the heavens /paradise of the North, with the promise of a garden, of a white sofa, of a loving family. All adopted, are they?!
With fixed and frequent due dates, charges of dogs and cats leave from every region of Italy. Foreign citizens - always the same ones - at the kennels take them to foster cares , Italian citizens - always the same ones - collaborate with them as dummies/nominees, getting the animals by all means, sometimes by the illusion of giving them a better future. Often, animals are registered at unaware, non-existent, even dead people... Often they leave without documents.
And they end up in a net of other kennels and foster homes, first in Italy... Then abroad. Some appear as offered in web-sites, and soon they disappear, like all the others, in naught.
Serious check-outs? They're impossible to do past frontiers, furthermore in countries like Germany and Switzerland which haven't a public registry office for dogs...
But why so many private organizations,big and small ones, which call themselves " for animals welfare" pick up so many animals from foreign countries with frequent and expensive travels ,when also in Germany the kennels are full of dogs,when there and in all the other countries -but/except in Italy - to put asleep is in force/effective?
Once adopted in our country, as animals pass the frontier ,they become the subject of a very profitable commerce/trade:goods are for free at the beginning or they cost just a bit of fodder,bowls,blankets...
(What's ) the price in Germany? It's called " tax of animal protection" just like that one of public kennels.And it's presented as repayment costs...up to € 350-400 for whichever half bred , big or small,puppy or aged ,healthy or sick animal.Earnings guaranteed,mostly because these organizations throw a negative propaganda about Italy among common people as target ,a propaganda that makes so much more money.
Our animals are sold.To whom and why?
Not everyone knows how flexible regarding experimentation the German law of animal guardianship is...
But we just need to know that once become goods, the animal loses every right of guardianship, whatever might be its destination. And that they mock the Italian republic and its Law.
Italy has the most advanced laws concerning the guardianship of animals.But it is not guiltless. The abandon and the stray- population-problems distress the whole country.Too many Municipalities and too many ASL (Local Sanitary Enterprise) are still defaulters to their duties of guardianship and vigilance.
So the remedy is simple and cheap: to eliminate the problem shutting eyes down on the deportation abroad of animals in excess/surplus.
In 1993 the circular by Minister of Health ,Garavaglia gave directions to prevent the deportations.In 2001 the circular by Minister Veronesi pointed the check-ups on adoption/fosterage as integrative /essential part of animal welfare.These circulars are still in force ,and they are obligatory for every dependant at the Ministry of Health. But many ASL do not respect them .In 2003 the European Regulation 998 established that non-commercial movements of dogs and cats within the European country imply that animals are not intend for selling or changeover of property .But those ones who pretend to foster an animal on their own and then sell it abroad ,they don't respect it [the Regulation].
Some Mediterranean countries sent out harsh instructions in order to put an end to the fake adoptions/fake fosterage and the deportations of their animals.In Germany too,they are opening their eyes.But Italy is the last in the queue.
ENPA [National Body for Protection of Animals], the most ancient Italian association for animals protection, has decided to fight this battle of civilization.In order to respect its vocation. To defend the dignity of our Country. To force Institutions to make their own duty. To educate citizens to prevent, the unique remedy against stray - problem and its fatal consequences .
ENPA throws a petition to urge Ministry of Health to intervene once and for all against this bleak and illegal trade/market. Let's all sign,so that no one might betray the trust of our most unfortunate animals anymore .