Because the government is still inactive
Citizens kill stray dogs in Kosovo
Kosovo has a dog problem. Too many animals roam. Citizens feel uncomfortable on the streets. Because the government hasn’t done much yet, citizens are taking action themselves – and killing dogs.
There are a lot of stray dogs in Kosovo. They surround public places. Here they are on Roundabout Island.
They lie on the side of the road, lurk in the alleys and huddle together. Kosovo has a dog problem. More and more stray dogs are running in the area. The number is now estimated at about 250,000 animals.bora“mentioned. It is said that there are 10,000 dogs in the capital, Pristina alone.
And fear among the population is growing. Many citizens feel threatened and are afraid of dogs. No wonder: animals often gather in groups and roam around in public places. In parks, on the beach and in crowded places.
It has gotten so bad that people are taking drastic measures. They kill dogs. The problem is known. The topic was discussed at a community meeting in 2011. At that time about 300 stray dogs were killed.
They will try to exterminate the dogs.
Now the authorities are responding. This week, the Action Plan for the Management and Control of Owned and Controlled Dogs 2022-2028 was presented. With the aim of “preventing the spread of infectious and animal diseases and reducing the number of stray dogs on the streets,” according to the report. In addition, the illegal trade in dogs must be stopped.
However, it is not yet known what the concrete measures will look like. But animal rights activist Drayton Josiah is concerned. So far the government has done practically nothing. Dogs that end up in animal shelters are not spayed.
He is convinced that, in addition to good intentions, the government will eventually resort to brutal tactics to get the canine problem under control quickly. “They will try to exterminate the dogs,” he told Al-Bura. But don’t be a solution. The past few years have shown that. Repeatedly there were reports in the media of dogs being killed. But that didn’t change anything about the problem. There are still a lot of dogs on the streets. (together)
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