Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bulgaria, Stop the Dog spinning or “trichane na kuche” !

President, Minister, Sir:   

As many other horrified people, I've decided to boycott Bulgaria until the government puts an end to the bloody sordid and sadistic tradition practiced in March 2014 at Brodivolo!
Dog spinning   (Bulgarian: тричане на куче(та), trichane na kuche(ta))  is a ritual performed once a year on March 6 to prevent rabies in a village and keep away the bad spirits of springtime...Superstitious and coming from the dark ages...

The facts : a rope is wrapped around a dog and the animal is suspended above a body of water, such as a river. The dog is turned repeatedly until the rope is twistedas far as it will coil.
Then the coil is released so the dog spins wildly as the rope unwinds and the animal falls into the water.
People from this village believe, according to an ancient tradition, that the more the dog scatters its faeces the more the year will bring health and richness.

Nothing is supposed to happen to the dogs used in the ritual, but photos from previous dog spinning days show the faces of terrified animals as they hang helplessly above a river or stream with a crowd of people cheering from the shore.
In the past dogs have drowned because they are so disoriented when they drop into the water.
There is considerable risk that the dog swallows the dirty water or gets water in the lungs as they are totally disconcerted by the spin.

The dogs are also shocked and traumatized by the experience.
The ropes cut into the chest of the dog and hurt and are also squeezing the lungs. The dogs must surely believe that they will die.

The practice was stopped in 2005 when the media outside of Bulgaria found out about the ritual and reported it to the world.
Animal welfare organizations were outraged by its cruelty and the pressure they put on Bulgaria put an end to the practice.

But the mayor of Brodilovo, a rural Bulgarian village, has renewed the ancient ritual in 2011.
He said, “Nobody is killing or hurting the dogs. They are brought by their owners who love them in order to take part in this ‘folklore ritual’, which is meant to cleanse the local community of ‘evil and to generate fertility’..... The dogs are spun for about 15-20 seconds, and then they fall in the water, which amounts to bathing them.”

Mayor Petko Arnaudov told the Sofia News Agency that “society and the international community has misinterpreted the ritual.”
The mayor said his village restored the tradition because they were looking for hope in the “extreme” bad economy....
A recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease has brought the farming town to the brink of despair
The dog spinning event has pitted the town against animal advocates from all over Bulgaria.
Even the Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov has condemned the practice.
He has asked the Prosecutor General to take action and called on his government to establish sanctions against the village.
Bulgaria’s Parliament recently amended their animal cruelty law to criminalize animal abuse.
Serious fines and up to five years in prison can now be handed down to those who “injure an animal on purpose.”
Please order this municipality to respect the law : articles 6 and 7 of Bulgaria law on animals protection forbid to inflict pain and suffering to animals, so Bulgaria must oblige to respect this law and to protect animals !!


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