started this petition to
The International Community and Animal lovers EVERYWHERE
the last month, the police as well as prominent government officials have been exploring
the cities of Azerbaijan – Baku, Sumgait, Lenkoran, Ganja, Guba, Gebele etc
cities – mercilessly shooting stray dogs. Even though Azerbaijan signed the European
Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals in 2007, in spite of this the act of terror for dogs is being carried
out by city hall authorities. The Ministry of Ecology and the Ministry of
Internal Affairs turn a blind eye to this violation. The so-called reason for
shooting the dogs are barking and the risk of rabies. Majority of the
slaughtered stray dogs were tagged by IDEA animal care center; this means that the
dogs were vaccinated, neutered and healthy, with no signs of aggression.
cruel treatment of animals
causing their death or severe injury is prohibited by the Administrative
Offences Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan / Article 274. Yet, when the police are
alerted by witnesses and asked to intervene to stop this monstrosity, they
REFUSE to take action claiming that the shooting of dogs is not a priority.
As per Paralel.az – a daily online newspaper –
and in response to the pleas of animal rights activists, in May 2018, the
Vice-President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation – Ms. Leyla Aliyeva – ordered the
closing down of a “shelter of death” that brutally captured stray dogs and
either poisoned or burned them alive in order to end the epidemic of stray dogs
Aliyeva also ordered to stop shooting stray dogs, and to start the construction
of a new animal care center “Toplan”. Yet, the situation remains the same and
stray dogs continue to suffer in agony and struggle for their lives in the most
inhumane of ways.
of stray animals is handled by the Sanitation Directorate of the Housing and
Communal Services Department under the Executive Authority… Instead of catching
stray dogs and placing them in shelters, the employees of this department often
simply shot them. Brutal treatment of animals periodically raised a wave of
public outrage and even became part of a political campaign against Azerbaijan,
as was the case with the European Games.”
This department misused the funds provided by the
government and did not follow the orders banning he shooting of stray dogs. Despite Ms. Aliyeva’s
efforts, executives slaughter the stray dogs every day.
protection agencies do not exist in Azerbaijan and animal lovers and activists
are helpless as they are standing against a community that does not support
their beliefs in the rights of animals to live in clean and safe environments
and die with dignity. Therefore, we need the voices of the international
community if we wish to make a change and save the lives of the remaining
population of stray dogs. We call for worldwide citizens to boycott traveling
to Azerbaijan in support of all dogs that have lost their lives and until the
government steps up and enforces all laws pertaining to the protection of
animals in the country.
sign this petition to allow for the voices of helpless souls to reach the
international community and to urge the government of Azerbaijan to take
positive steps towards preserving the lives of all living creatures.
Posted: 7 January 2019 (Updated: 15 January 2019)