Helping stray dogs in the Ukraine
Mr. Griffin recently sent a letter to the large number of constituents who contacted him to ask for his help in persuading the government of the Ukraine to step in and prevent the slaughter of stray dogs.
I´m writing to you personally in case you haven´t already heard the good news. The Ukrainian Minister of the Environment has announced that the law is to be changed and that the four largest cities in the country are stopping the slaughter of stray dogs immediately. The Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov, has instructed the Ministry of Interior to use all possible legal mechanisms for the prevention of cruelty to animals and punishment of persons involved in such sick crimes.
Also great news is that Ukraine´s Prime Minister has told us that a national construction programme has been ordered to provide major cities with modern shelters for dogs. The whole programme to improve Ukraine´s treatment of animals is to be overseen by Naturewatch, who are to be commended for running such an effective campaign.
I also drew attention to the problem, and the extent of concern about it in Britain, with members of the Ukrainian government during a personal meeting I had with them in Brussels early last month. I did so from both a purely animal welfare point of view and also from the angle that the ill-treatment of animals in Ukraine was a political problem for the government which could be exploited by external forces pushing for a change of regime and international policy direction.
I am pleased to be able to tell you that the Ministers with whom I spoke clearly got the message on both points, not least because I was genuinely able to tell them that I had received more letters and emails on this issue than on any other in my first two and a half years in Parliament. They were amazed by the huge bundle of emails I had! So it was the combined weight of lobbying from people like you that really made the difference.
In closing, then, many thanks for making the effort on behalf of stray dogs in Ukraine - it paid off! Can I now ask you to do something further? I know that fish aren´t anything like as appealing as dogs, but the EU´s fishing policy is a long-standing disaster and an environmental catastrophe as well as having destroyed one of Britain´s most important traditional industries. Fortunately there is a tremendously effective lobbying campaign for effective reform being run by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at fishfight.net
If you could find the time to take a look and sign the petition you´ll find there, I believe that your help could make all the difference in another important issue in terms of our relationship with the other living things with which we share this wonderful world.
With best wishes and thanks for your activism
Nick Griffin MEP