“Humane treatment of animals is a step towards humanization of society,” said Roman Semenukha, a people’s deputy representing the Samopomich Union party, when commenting on the political force’s active cooperation with animal protection organizations.
Recently, the leader of Samopomich, Andriy Sadovyi, and the All-Ukrainian Union of Public Organizations “Association of Animal Protection Organizations of Ukraine” signed a memorandum of cooperation for the protection of animals from cruel treatment and the promotion of humane treatment of animals.
In particular, the memorandum provides for legislative cooperation of the party and animal protection organizations. We are talking about the prohibition of euthanasia as a method of regulating the number of homeless animals and introduction of the method of bio-sterilization as the only humane approach; prohibition of using animals in circuses, zoos and contact zoos; banning fur production; prohibition of keeping and using animals at hunting test stations; strengthening administrative and criminal liability for cruel treatment of animals and the like.
“In fact, joint educational and legislative work of Samopomich and experts in the animal protection sphere has been there for several years,” noted Roman Semenukha. “We have developed legislative initiatives on the cases of euthanasia of animals, introduced the institution of animal custody, increased responsibility for violating the requirements for the protection of special animal and plant species, increased criminal liability for cruel treatment of animals.
Unfortunately, in this parliament, there are too few MPs who understand the importance of maximum attention to the animal protection issues and environmental initiatives. This is generally true of the representatives of local councils throughout the country.”
According to Roman Semenukha, many officials have turned the so-called regulation of the number of stray animals by means of euthanasia into a business. In Kharkiv, for example, in the course of 7 years, more than 140,000,000 hryvnias have been allocated for this activity. However, the world has recognized this method as inefficient and inhuman; it is beneficial for irresponsible local authorities, but does not solve the problem of stray animals.
“Fortunately, we have such examples as the municipal centre for the adoption of animals “LEV” in Lviv, which, over a couple of years, has managed to increase the percentage of adopted stray animals from 25 to 80 percent, and thus, thanks to the efforts of professionals and the understanding of the city authorities, there is only one stray animal per 1,700 inhabitants of Lviv,” says Roman Semenukha.
“Successful experience and cooperation with the experts for the sake of a common goal – the protection of animals – is what Samopomich’s efforts are aimed at,” summed up the lawmaker.