Euro 2012: 50,000 Stray Dogs And Puppies Killed- The People Newspaper- News Investigation- ***November 2011***

This shocking story revealed how 50,000 stray dogs have been killed in the streets of Ukraine before the Euro 2012 football tournament.


We were contacted by an animal lover who wanted us to bring attention to the fact that perfectly healthy dogs were being killed in the name of football.


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THESE shock images expose the systematic slaughter of at least 50,000 dogs – including puppies – in the run-up to the Euro 2012 football contest.

Stray animals are being poisoned, shot or even cruelly hurled into a 900°C ­furnace as 30,000 England fans prepare to join 1.5million ­people heading for Ukraine next summer.

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Horrified: Two distraught youngsters are confronted by poisoned body

The sickening clean-up emerged after Fabio Capello's side confirmed their place at the finals with a 2-2 draw against Montenegro.

And it has sparked worldwide fury, with soccer heroes joining charities and politicians to condemn it.

Martin Peters, who scored in England's 1966 World Cup win, said: "It's shameful the mass killing's ­being done in the name of football."

England and QPR star Joey Barton added: "I'm very upset – dogs should not be treated like that."

The cull is revealed in a harrowing 15-minute video handed to animal charity Naturewatch.

One sequence shows a dog racked by spasms in its death-throes.

Puppy

Another zooms in on a poisoned stray dumped in a rubbish-skip next to a children's playground.

Nearby a Nintendo box contains the corpse of a third animal.

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Callous: Girls find dog dumped in bin

Other scenes show a dead puppy and distressed kids stroking bodies left by a roadside.

And in the grisliest footage, dogs are apparently burnt alive in a mobile crematorium crewed by three men.

One of the trio uses a syringe gun to paralyse his victims before tossing them into the flames.

Naturewatch's UK boss John Ruane said: "This is the worst act of mass animal cruelty in Europe.

"We estimate at least 50,000 dogs have been killed in the four years.

"In Britain a dog is seen as man's best friend and England fans will be rightly horrified this is going on.

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Harrowing: Corpses left in skip and dogs und up in incinerator

"Our footballers and fans who go to Ukraine will see a nice surface – but they'll be knowingly contributing to this barbaric slaughter."

Naturewatch wants fans to boycott Euro 2012 unless the killing stops and has urged football's governing body UEFA to take action.

And they are handing evidence of the bloodbath to the European Parliament in Brussels.

The massacre began in August 2007 after UEFA announced Ukraine and Poland will co-host Euro 2012. More than 10,000 dogs have been slaughtered each year in the capital Kiev, where the tournament final will take place on July 1.

Killings are also rife in Ukraine's other three match venues – Lviv, Donetsk and Kharkiv, where these scenes were filmed.

Naturewatch claim the cull is a big earner for corrupt officials and reckon 99 per cent of funds set aside to deal with strays is creamed off by crooks.

And they say the ­remaining 1 per cent is used to kill the dogs on the cheap using guns, toxins and the horrific ­mobile incinerators.

Animals who are poisoned suffer lingering and agonising deaths, campaigners insist. Kiev-based Tamara Tarnawska, of the welfare group SOS Animals Ukraine, said: "Thousands of dogs are being killed but nobody wants to know – not even the police or parliament.

"This is a scandal – and it's has been going on for years."

Tamara, who runs one of Kiev's handful of animal refuges, has also urged UEFA to demand action by her government.

She said: "We don't want to stop the football, just this killing.

"We think dog-lovers should not visit Ukraine if they ­object to this going on." The international animal charity PETA – which is ­backed by a host of celebrities such as Hollywood beauty Pamela Anderson and fashion designer Stella McCartney – has also declared war on the slaughter, branding it ­"inhumane". Labour MP and animal rights ­crusader Kerry McCarthy is urging Downing Street to demand Ukraine end the bloodbath.

Appalled

He said: "The sheer number of ­killings is horrific.

"Fans will be ­appalled this is going on using such inhumane methods."

England's 1966 hero George Cohen said: "All animal cruelty is abhorrent but it's particularly terrible it's being done in the name of a game we love."

And BBC Match Of The Day ­pundit Mark Lawrenson said: "This puts a massive question mark over whether the championships should be held in Ukraine. People who have seen the country first-hand have told me they're shocked by the state of the place.

"Nothing is ready – even the stadiums are a long way behind.

"And when you hear stories like this it makes you question why the tournament was ever given to them."

The Football Association – England's governing body – refused to comment on our revelations.

An insider said: "We were unaware of these claims until now and we are shocked at the footage.

"But it's vital we are diplomatic, so we won't publicly cast aspersions on the host nation of a major tournament we're attending."

Ukraine's government insist the horrifying scale of the butchery has been exaggerated – and claim they do not sanction the barbaric methods used to slaughter the stray dogs.




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