"Did you know that in Ukraine, dogs are being shot or poisoned and left to endure agonizing deaths? Watch the new PETA video to see the shocking animal abuse that the Ukrainian government is trying to hide from the rest of the world.
The 2012 European Football Championship will begin next month, and host countries Poland and Ukraine are busily preparing for the games. In Ukraine, this preparation includes a barbaric attempt to purge the streets of homeless animals in order to keep the misery of abandoned and neglected dogs out of the public eye.
While the clearest solution to animal overpopulation is to promote spay-and-neuter initiatives, homeless animals in Ukraine are being caught and then shot or poisoned and thrown into mass graves or crematoriums to be burned.
Because you've taken action for companion animals before, we know that you share our heartbreak at what's happening in Ukraine, and we urgently need your voice.
The homeless dogs who are being killed in Ukraine are no different from the faithful canine friends in many of our homes and have the same capacity for love, fear, and pain. Even the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the organization behind the championship, has criticized Ukrainian authorities for the massacre. UEFA also offered financial support to animal protection advocates for humane spay-and-neuter initiatives in the country after being contacted by PETA Germany. Yet the Ukrainian government has done little to end the mass extermination. We can't let this massacre continue.
Please take action now: Watch the video and sign the petition to ask the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States to speak out against the cruel killings and push for a humane solution to animal homelessness!
Ingrid E. Newkirk
P.S. In Ukraine, dogs' bodies are being tossed into crematoriums and burned, some while the animals are still alive. Seven thousand dogs are being killed every month in the region around Donetsk alone. We must speak out against this cruelty-- sign the petition to end the abuse!"
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